John Steinbeck's Exchange: An Act Of Sacrifice '

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Akash Basu
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11 October 2016 Friendship: An Act of Sacrifice(Rough Draft) In the words of Shauna Niequist“It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.” True friendship requires sacrifice. As the words above suggest when you decide what you want in life,
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George has the onus of taking care of Lennie for the rest of his life and gives up the kind of life that he wanted to live.Steinbeck shows this in the exposition of the novel where George is expressing his frustration in front of Lennie. “‘If I was alone I could live so easy. I could get a job an’ work an’ no trouble. No mess at all’”(Steinbeck 11). At this instant Steinbeck is showing George’s true desires of how he could go take a job and settle, and spend his fifty dollar salary on whatever he wants.With attention to the significance of this the reader can infer that he is giving up his own desires just to look after Lennie because they are friends and they travel together.On the whole in light of the fact that George is clearly giving up what he wants in order to take care of Lennie this is proof of how George demonstrates that friendship requires …show more content…
Because of the close relationship in a friendship the two friends involved make sacrifices for one another without even realizing it .George and Lennie’s friendship is something that is indeed intimate.. It is the closeness between the friends which leads to them knowing everything about their friend and wanting to protect them from harm.The friends cherish the relationship they have and the intimacy that they have with their friend makes them desire to protect it. For instance, in the mid-exposition of the novel we see the jerkline skinner Slim comment on this. “ Slim [...] ‘Funny how you an’ him string along together.”( Steinbeck 39). With attention to the fact that Slim’s word is law due to his level of authority he is saying this in the sense that not that many people are that close to the point that they would travel together but because of George and Lennie’s childhood friendship, they stick with each other to the point where they travel together. George and Lennie have been together, so they have done a lot of things together and this makes them bond.In light of the fact that Slim says that they are very close(with attention to the fact that his word is law) friendship is very much

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