How Is Friendship Shown In Of Mice And Men

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Friendship in Of Mice and Men Friendships are a very key part to living a happy life. Even though, they often put people in the position to be more open to being attacked or criticized. George Milton and Lennie Small show a great deal of this in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Lennie, who is mentally disabled, relies on George for making good decisions and taking care of him. On the other hand, George relies on Lennie for a companion and sometimes to protect him because of Lennie’s big strong build. The two men travel together and work together. They eventually want to have enough money to be able to buy land and build a house for the two. Lennie and George share a friendship that comes with a price. Lennie sometimes under estimates his …show more content…
For example, the two had to leave a town that they once worked in because Lennie held on to a girl’s skirt and would not let go. People were lead to believe he was trying to rape her. Even though George didn’t do anything, he had to pick up and leave with Lennie as well. The text says, “There is much to be said about friendships. They allow us to see ourselves from the perspective of another. They open up new interests or deepen current ones. They offer us support during difficult periods in our lives” (May 2). I think this quote is important in Georges and Lennie’s friendship because I do not always think that George completely understands the difficulties that Lennie can face in a day. Yet, Lennie doesn’t understand all that George can face in a day regarding Lennie’s behavior and …show more content…
The text says, “She struggled violently under his hands. Her feet battered on the hay and she writhed to be free; and from under Lennie’s hand muffled screaming” (Steinbeck 91). Eventually after Lennie applied so much force, this woman dies. The woman happened to be the wife of a man named Curley, the son of the boss at the ranch. George could either let other people torture/kill Lennie, make him move away, leave the ranch together, or kill him. The text says, “The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger” (Steinbeck 106). The stress of everything George might have to face from Lennie’s actions was overwhelming and the pressure of other men around him made him pull the trigger and kill

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