Comparing The Need For Friendship In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Most people have a friend that they would, metaphorically, take a bullet for. Friends are what keep most humans alive. Their need for friendship and longing allow for them to get close to others, and that encourage their actions. For a stranger, a person may not move their seat, or take that bullet. For a friend, they would move in an instant or take the bullet with no problems or questions asked. In the novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, George and Curley’s wife were affected by their need for friendship. In the book, Curley’s wife was told to basically act like property. She was supposed to stay in the house at all times, waiting for Curley to come home. This caused her to get lonely since she was never supposed to talk to anyone. …show more content…
People do whatever it takes to have a friend, and that’s how they end up getting their actions driven in the morally wrong direction. In society, people can make the decision to follow their friend to do things such as drugs. This is morally wrong because drugs affect how the person reacts to others and it affects the body in a horrible way. People in high school, especially, misuse drugs to satisfy their friend. They do it for their friend and not themself. This is because the person does not want to lose the friend over something that, during the moment, seems very insignificant. George’s needs for friendship also drives his actions because it causes him to execute morally wrong behaviours. For killing Curley’s wife, Lennie was in plenty of trouble. Everyone on the farm wanted to torture and then kill him. George did not want Lennie to die unhappy. He wanted to make sure his friend thought they were going to reach their dream, even though the situation would not allow it. He just wanted Lennie to remember what could have been, since this was the last time he’d be thinking about it. Undeterred by the fact that it was morally wrong, his need to please his friend drove his action. George, as said in the novel, “raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie’s head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger” (Steinbeck 106). He killed Lennie so that he would have a quick and pain free death. This was not morally correct, but he did it for his friend. This was morally wrong because a person should never kill someone. It is against the law, and it puts a lot of guilt on the person’s conscience. George was very guilty, but he knew it was the best option. His friendship with Lennie drove him to be the one who pulled the trigger on his life. That is why his actions were drove from

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