George and Lennies Unlikely Friendship

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Someone once said, “True friendship is knowing someone’s faults, and loving them anyways.” This quote is exactly how it sounds. Being a true friend to someone is accepting them for who they are and what they have done in the past. Lennie and George both have done many things in the past, and yet they are still close. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, they display exactly that. Although Lennie and George tend to fight quite often, struggling through hardships along the way, they are always there for each other no matter what; they manage to maintain a very special relationship.

Throughout the book, Lennie does some outrageous things that put George over the edge, but in the end, George is always trying to forgive him even if it is not what he wants to do. For instance, Lennie is extremely forgetful with some of the things that George tells him. While they are sitting by the river bank, Lennie, again, does not seem to remember any direction George may have previously given him: “So you forgot awready, did you? I gotta tell you again, do I?” Lennie explains, “I tried not to forget, honest to God I did George!” (Steinbeck 4). Once Lennie explains this to George, he backs off. George automatically feels bad for blowing up on Lennie when he knows it was not Lennie’s intention to forget what he had said. George’s willingness to forgive Lennie shows that he really cares. In addition to forgetting things, Lennie also has many more faults that he does not realize. George and Lennie talk by the river bank earlier that day, when George accidentally, out of anger, says something to Lennie that he did not mean. He says, “What do I got? I got you! You can’t keep a job and you lose me every job I get!” (Steinbeck 11). After seeing the look on Lennie’s face, George realizes something. George realized that he could not go a day without Lennie, and he would not want to go a day without Lennie, even if he sometimes feels like he would be better off. Lennie is bewildered with...
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