George Milton - George is a migrant worker who is small in stature
and has strong, dark features. He is intelligent, level-headed and ready to
deal with any tragedy that may arise. He is a cousin
to Lennie and loves him very much. He is always there to bail Lennie out of
Lennie Small - Lennie is unnaturally large and has a shapeless face.
He drags his feet when he walks and lets his arms hang. He is mentally disabled
and needs George's constant attention and care. He has an infatuation with
anything soft and furry. He acts impulsively which gets him and George into
trouble numerous times.
Curley - Curley is the boss's son, and was a welterweight boxer. He
was short and stocky, and wore high-heeled boots and spurs to prove he wasn't
a laboring man. He believes himself to be superior to everyone and is aggressive,
boastful and cocky. He has a tendency to provoke conflict, as he does with
Curley's wife - There isn't much known about her. She
isn't even given a name but referred to as Curley's wife. She is lonely because
Curley doesn't pay much attention to her. This lack of attention from Curley
forces her to seek it elsewhere. She flirts with the other ranch hands but
they pay her no attention either. She is in reality the end of George's and
Lennie's dream. When Lennie kills her their dream is forever lost.
Candy - He is an old, handicapped man. Having lost a hand, he has
become an outcast and is discriminated against. He befriends George and Lennnie
and offers them his life savings to help finance their dream. He wants to
be a part of it and live on the farm with them. He has a friend and long time
companion, his dog. Candy is afraid of being alone but he consents to the
killing of his dog and wishes he could have killed him himself after it is
over. Candy represents what will ultimately happen to all ranch hands. They
will get old and have no place to go.
Crooks - He is a Black stable worker who is crippled. Being disfigured
and the only black person, he is an outcast and in a similar position as Candy.
He is a proud and bitter man who prefers to stay by himself. He takes a liking
to George and Lennie and wants to be part of their dream. He said that he
would work for free. He gives up on the farm dream when he realizes it isn't
going to work out. He is the only one who understands Lennie, besides George,
and befriends him. He looks past Lennie's mental handicap and Lennie looks
past Crooks' physical handicap.
Slim - He is a tall, thin and quiet person who is both respected and
admired. Everyone seeks his approval, even Curley, who seems to have contempt
for everyone else on the ranch. The others give into Slim because his word
is the law. He is the voice of reason and understanding, and he consoles George
after he has killed Lennie. Slim is the kind of man that George hopes to become
Carlson - He has a lack of concern for other people's feelings and
doesn't take time to understand them. He is an insensitive person who cares
nothing for others. He pushes for the killing of Candy's dog and doesn't understand
why George is so upset after he has killed Lennie. Carlson is the type of
man George hopes to avoid becoming.
Boss - There is little known about him, except that Curley is his
son. He interviews Lennie and George when they first come to the farm. He
becomes suspicious that George is trying to put one over him because he won't
let Lennie talk. He thinks that George is going to take Lennie's pay and warns
them that he has seen wise guys before. He says that nobody can get away with
anything and that they can't trick him. He isn't a trustworthy person.
Whit - He is one of the workers at the ranch
Aunt Clara - She raised Lennie and was very good to him. She is
William Tenner - A former worker at the ranch
Andy Cushman - He is an acquaintance from grammar school.