24 November 2014
A True Friend
A friend is somebody who a person can trust and confide in and most people have friends. In
John Stienbeck's novel “Of Mice And Men”, friendship is shown mainly between three different
pairs of people. The first pair is the most obvious friendship shown in the novel; it is between George
and his big friend Lennie. The second pair of friends is shown between Candy and his old, stinky
dog. The third is a not an example of friendship, but more an example of a man who doesn't have
many friends; a colored stable buck named Crooks and his struggle with segregation at the ranch.
George and Lennie are best friends that go everywhere together, they care and love each other
and protect each other from all harm. The first example of this is, "It ain't so funny, him an' me goin'
aroun' together," George said at last. "Him and me was both born in Auburn. I knowed his Aunt Clara.
She took him when he was a baby and raised him up. When his Aunt Clara died, Lennie just come
along with me out workin'. Got kinda used to each other after a little while." Before the beginning of
the book, Aunt Clara, who is Lennie's aunt, passes away. When she passes away George takes the spot
of her and takes care of Lennie for the rest of the book. "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the
loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place. They come to a ranch an'
work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they're
poundin' their tail on some other ranch. They ain't got nothing to look ahead to." During the setting of
this book, most people moved and worked by themselves and didn't have to many friends. It was very
different for Lennie and George, they went everywhere with each other. They took care of each other
when they got in trouble and moved...
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