Study Guide

Of Mice and Men Characters

By John Steinbeck

George Milton

George Milton is our hero, a roving farmworker who is "small and quick, dark of face, with...

Lennie Small

Don't let the name fool you: Lennie Small is big. Unfortunately, that's about all he has going...

Candy

Candy is an old ranch worker ("swamper") who has lost one of his hands in a farm accident. He's...

Curley's wife

Curley's wife has a lot of names, but we can't repeat any of them in mixed company. Let's just...

Slim

Slim is the "prince of the ranch." He's the consummate Western man: masterful, strong,...

Crooks

Crooks (named for his crooked back) is the stable hand who works with the ranch horses. He lives...

Curley

Curley is the son of the ranch boss, so he's got a big head—which doesn't quite match up...

Carlson

Carlson may be the least interesting important character. We learn about all we need to know from...