Major Characters

George is the caretaker of Lennie, his traveling companion. He is a small, wiry, quick-witted man with a dark face and relentless eyes. George has a thing bony nose, slender, arms, and strong hands. He feels resentful towards Lennie when he has to help him all the time.

Lennie is a very large, lumbering, childlike man with a mild mental disability that affects his memory. He is a tall, with a shapeless face, and pale blue eyes. Lennie has wide, sloping shoulders, a heavy walk and drags his feet. He depends on George for everyday tasks and shares a common dream of owning a farm with rabbits. Lennie doesn't know his own strength and enjoys touching soft things. He likes to hold dead mice and he accidentally kills the puppy Slim gives him.

The Boss
The Boss is a fat, stocky, nice man. He is the owner of the farm and always is dressed well. He is the father of Curley.

Curley is a short, thin, young man with a brown face, brown eyes and his hair is tightly curled. He has a short temper, and an aggressive, cocky personality. Curley picks fights with both men who are bigger and the same size as himself. Curley dislikes from Lennie from the beginning.

Curley's Wife
Curley's wife is not given a name throughout the novella and is referred to as "the tramp". She is a mean, lonely woman who gives men the "the eye" and only gets in the way. She doesn't like Curley very much, so she spends time with the other farmhands in the bunkhouse. Lennie breaks he neck on accident and she dies in the barn.

Slim is a nice, tall, quiet mule driver with black hair. He is called the "prince" of the farm because of his authoritative manor of speaking. The other characters ask him for advice. Slim's hacket face is ageless and has large, lean hands. He wears blue jeans and a denim jacket. His female dog had nine puppies, but he drowned four of them because he thought the dog would be unable to feed all of them. He gave Lennie one of the puppies.

Candy is an nice, old farm hand who lost a hand working on the farm. He owns a smelly, old sheep dog that Carlson talks Candy into letting him shoot. Candy didn't want to kill him because he had him since he was a little boy. He asks Lennie if he could join them on their dream farm.

Crooks is a proud black stable boy who works at the farm with Lennie and George. He is called Crooks because of the crook in his back from being through from a horse. From the racism in the 1937's, Crooks is unable to sleep in the bunkhouse with the other workers. He becomes fond of Lennie and asks to join them on their dream farm.

Carlson works on the farm. He is a powerful and big stomached man. He shoots Candy's old, smelly dog.

The Women in Of Mice and Men
Women in the novella are represented as the cause of all of man's. They are unimportant and unintelligent. Curley's wife is only shown peaceful at her death.