Of Mice and Men is a novella written by John Steinbeck in 1937. It tells the tragic story of two ranch workers
George Milton and Lennie Small, travelling around California desperately looking for jobs during the Great Depression.
George and Lennie have a rather unique relationship which is very similar to a parent/child-relationship, with George being Lennie’s mature guardian. Ironically, Lennie is much larger than George physically.
Lennie is cognitively challenged and has therefore a very childish nature. This is apparent from the very beginning of the novella when the characters are first presented.