“A true friend will do whatever is necessary to take care of his friend.”
In our modern world we categorize true friends into a group of individualistic people. They are viewed as someone who will always be there to lean on, someone who will listen to your dilemmas with a deep insight, and in return, give you a response that is free from criticism. True friends are loaners of shoulders to cry on, an answer to a bad day that needs healing, and people who carry the identity that they are willing to give up anything for their companion.
Throughout our lifetime, we have all had many friends who were like this. However, a true friend may not always do whatever is necessary to take care of his friend. There could, to begin with, be the inability to take care of the friend. Despite your heart yearning to help a friend in need, it is plausible that you could lack the money, lack the time, and lack the capability. Adding on to this, “true friends” can also have their families take the first stand over their friends. Moreover, the option of going as far as death, as to going as far as to die for a friend may not be a prime decision.
The story, “Of Mice and Men,” by John Steinbeck, both agrees and contradicts with the statement. The two protagonists, George, and his traveling companion, Lennie, share a distant, yet close relationship. They have been childhood friends, and Lennie who has a mental disability, is taken after by George who feels a sense of responsibility over him. Over the course of the story, it is shown that both friends are devoted to each other. Though George is constantly losing his jobs due to Lennie, and complaining how life would be so much easier without him, he continues to remain and take care of him. “No---look! I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie. ‘Cause I want you to stay with me” (Steinbeck 14). George resides dedicated to Lennie, forgiving him multiple times, and even preparing for the worst. “Course you did. Well, look....
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