The New York Times reviewed the film based on the novella thusly: Which way did he go?
George, the smaller man, leads the way and makes the decisions for Lennie, a mentally handicapped giant. They stop at a stream for the evening, deciding to go to the ranch in the morning. Lennie, who loves to pet anything soft, has a dead mouse in his pocket. George then reminds Lennie not to speak to anyone in the morning when they get to the ranch and cautions Lennie to return to this place by the river if anything bad happens at the ranch.
When he has to take the dead mouse away from Lennie a second time, George chafes at the hardship of taking care of Lennie. They settle down and sleep for the night. The next morning at the ranch, the boss becomes suspicious when George answers all the questions and Lennie does not talk.
George explains that Lennie is not bright but is a tremendous worker. He offers to kill the dog for Candy, and Candy reluctantly agrees to let him do so.
Lennie wants to hear the story of their farm again, and George retells the dream. Candy overhears and convinces George and Lennie to let him in on the plan because he has money for a down payment. He cautions Lennie and Candy not to tell anyone.
The ranch hands return, making fun of Curley for backing down to Slim. Curley is incensed and picks a fight with Lennie, brutally beating Lennie until George tells Lennie to fight back. Later that week, Lennie tells Crooks about the plans to buy a farm, and Crooks says he would like to join them and work for nothing.
Eventually, George returns and tells her to get lost. Dejectedly remembering his place, Crooks retracts his offer. The next day, Lennie is in the barn with a dead puppy.
They talk about how they enjoy touching soft things. She tells him he can touch her hair, but when Lennie strokes it too hard and messes it up, she gets angry. She tries to jerk her head away, and, in fear, Lennie hangs on to her hair. To keep her from screaming, Lennie holds her so tightly he breaks her neck.
Knowing he has done something bad, he goes to the hiding place by the stream. Candy knows that Curley will organize a lynching party, and George says he is not going to let them hurt Lennie.Two mice play the main characters in "Of Mice and Men", an episode of Cat and Girl.
Cat appears to eat one of the mice just after it asks "Tell me about the rabbits, George", but then announces "he got away" in an apparent reference to a desired ending for the story.
John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is a parable about what it means to be human. Steinbeck's story of George and Lennie's ambition of owning their own ranch, and the obstacles that stand in the way of that ambition, reveal the nature of dreams, dignity, loneliness, and sacrifice.
In the story “Of Mice & Men”, John Steinbeck creates a pair of low-class companionship as the story’s main character. This pair of companionship, George and Lennie is very different from each other, nothing alike, no matter talking about their figures, personality, IQ, etc, except that they both carry the same American dream as they spend.
Few people ever visit the place on the river where George and Lennie camp the first night. Of Mice and Men opens with the two main characters, George Milton and Lennie Small, walking toward Soledad, California.
Steinbeck uses the unimposing opening of the story to develop the personality of both characters and to showcase their unique friendship. George wants to leave the ranch immediately, but the men know they need the money. False George immediately trusts Slim, and confides in him the reasons they had to leave their last job in Weed.