Friendships in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

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Adedolapo Adebanjo
April 11, 2013
OF MICE AND MEN ESSAY

Everyone has a special person they have a certain relationship with, which is called friendship, whether it’s imaginary, animal, object or a person. In the novel “of mice and men” that takes place in the 1930s, there are two men who are migrant workers named George and lennie, they both hustle work when they can to buy their own piece of land. They finally found a job a job on the ranch in which they met a lot of people who they build friendships with, there are many friendships in the book but the three most important friendships is between George and lennie, slim and George and George, lennie and candy.

George and lennie are good friends because; they both travel together and have been together since they were kids. George is a small and quick and dark of face, non related to lennie but he is the caretaker of lennie because of lennie’s own condition, while lennie is a huge muscular guy who is mentally retarded with the mind of a young child, a quote that proves they’re good friends “But not us! Why? Because… because I got you to look after me and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.” This quote shows they have a good friendship by them both being there for each other, whenever needed, no matter how had situation they’ll do something in each others power to help themselves get out of it. (pg.14). another quote that they have a good friendly relationship is “and George raised the gun and steadied it, he and he brought a muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie’s head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger.”(pg.106) this quote is an example of good friendship, George shot Lennie because he cared about him he didn’t want him to die in a regrettable and sufferable way, he shot him to put him out of his misery not that he wanted to shoot him but it was for lennie’s good in which George would not regret. It was a very meaningful friendship but he...
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