Friendship In Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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As Euripides once said, “Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness” (“Friendship”). Friends are loyal and sacrifice benefits for themselves in sake of their friend. Friends are people you can count on and trust that they always have your back, friends are the ones the will tell you how it is and help you improve, and friends will make you want to be a better person. These traits are seen in both novels, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Of Mice and Men, between the two pairs of main characters - Huck and Jim, and George and Lennie. Huck goes to Jackson's Island and tells Jim that they are coming for them. Both character pairs in these novels truly show that real friends are there for each other in times of trouble. …show more content…
In chapter 1 of Of Mice and Men, George says “God you’re a lot of trouble,” “I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn’t have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl” (Steinbeck 7). After hearing this statement it makes the reader second-guess the true feeling George has for Lennie. Though Lennie has a disability, and George respects that he’s trying, but Lennie’s mental handicap holds George back from getting a job because Lennie always finds a way to mess something and they have to leave a town or area so they don’t get caught. George is also seen throughout the novel as a man who leaves behind his friend. He did this multiple times when he leaves Lennie to go to town and when he goes to play horseshoes with the other men (Steinbeck 84). Jim, on the other hand, endures many hardships inflicted on him by Huck to stay safe. Jim sacrifices his humanity to cover his real identity because he would get captured and taken to the home of an abolitionist and punished for being a runaway slave and Huck would be shamed for being a black sympathizer. Huck sacrifices his safety by living with the Grangerfolds and he is pulled into the ongoing fight between them and the Shepardsons if Jim wanted to leave Huck to fend on his own he would have left but he didn’t …show more content…
George and Lennie faced more moral dilemmas because George is constantly torn between helping and hurting his friend. Lennie held back by his mental handicap throughout the story and the reader can see that George wants to help him but it's hard when something bad is constantly happening. The boys don’t like Lennie because he’s too strong and crushes one of the boy’s hand (Steinbeck 63), and messes things up while he is trying to be friends with everyone. George is then finally faced with the decision whether to end his “best friend’s” life or lie about what happen and run away again. “Never you mind,’ said Slim.’ A guy got to sometimes” (Steinbeck 107). Georges does end up killing his “friend” and truly it breaks the law of God, “Thou shall not murder” (“Exodus”). Well a guy doesn't have to he had a choice and he choose to end the life of another human and even though “George lets Lennie die believing in their dream even though he continues on knowing they will never reach it” (“Notes”) it's still not okay to end a life. Huck and Jim on the other hand face both struggles constantly but the struggles aren’t with each other. Their struggles are when Huck is faced with the problem of Jim being a runaway slave throughout the novel which is seen multiple times in the travelling around during the day because if Jim is seen he will be taken back but Huck doesn’t want

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