A Special Friendship
George and Lennie are two very different people with a special friendship. These two
buddies stick together even when Lennie gets on Georges nerves because Lennie is learning disabled. George shows that he cares for Lennie when he says, “He’s my... cousin. I told his old lady I’d take care of him. He got kicked in the head by a horse when he was a kid. He’s awright. Just aint bright. But he can do anything you tell him”(Steinbeck 22). This quote illustrates that George cares for Lennie as if he was his cousin. It also appears that he cares that Lennie gets a job since he is a good worker who is not the brightest crayon in the box. Lennie shows that he cares and respects George when he states, “ George gonna say I done a bad thing. He ain’t gunna let me tend no rabbits” (91). Lennie truly cares about what George says and he always listens to him and never wants to disappoint him. George show that he is truly a best friend to Lennie when he says, “I aint gonna let ‘em hurt Lennie. Now you listen. The guy might think I was in on it. I’m gonna go in the bunk house. Then in a minute you come out and tell the guys about her, and I’ll come along and make like I never seen her”(95). George knows that Lennie did not mean to kill Curly's wife and he does not want anyone to try to hurt his friend who did not mean to hurt a fly. Lastly, George shows true companionship when he talks to Lennie right before his shoots him. George says, “Look acrost the river, Lennie an’ I’ll tell you so you can almost see it. We gonna get a little place”(105). This shows that George wanted Lennie to think happy before his life was ended. George knew what he had to do so they would not hurt or torture Lennie. The bond between two people can be very simple, and, at the same time, very complicated.
Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin, 1993. Print.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document