Setting: Steinbeck’s novel deals with the plight of migrant labourers in California during the Great Depression.
Characters: the focus is on two migrant workers, George and Lennie
Chapter 1 – establishes relationship between the two primary characters
George – a rational realist
Lennie – simplistic and child like
George cares for Lennie, consistently scolds and reprimands him. Lennie strives to please him.