Why Is Lennie A True Friendship

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“ ‘But not us! An’ why? Because... because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.’ ” These are the words of Lennie Small, a mentally challenged, hulking man, who cares about nothing but rabbits to take care of, from Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” (14). George and Lennie have an unusual relationship, bordering on true friendship and a bland, “I hardly need you” friendship. According to various articles and the words written by Steinbeck in “Of Mice and Men”, George and Lennie have a very true friendship.

The first reason is self-disclosure. A good example of this is how George tells Lennie about his life dream. After George and Lennie run away from Weed, they end up by river where they stop and hide. George
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At the end of the story, Lennie kills Curley’s wife and the he runs away. Later when everyone finds out and goes after Lennie. George knows where Lennie is and goes and finds him. After he finds him, George shoots Lennie. “And George 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 as his had steadied. He pulled the trigger” (Steinbeck 106). People may say that this show that they are not true friends because if they were, George wouldn 't of killed him. If George had reflected on their friendship they would be considered true friends. In an article by Todd May, he talks about Aristotle’s view of friendship. In this he talks about how Aristotle thinks that to have a true friendship you need to reflect on it. “We must reflect on friendship; so that it doesn 't slip away”. George didn 't reflect on his friendship with Lennie. This is why he didn 't cherish it and spared him. This is an argument that many people use to argue that they are not true …show more content…
George supports Lennie by putting him out of his misery so he doesn’t have to suffer. After Lennie smothers Curley’s wife to death, he runs away. George realizes that if Curley finds Lennie, he would be rotting in jail for the rest of his life. So instead he shoots Lennie, to prevent discrimination against him in the future and from staying in jail. “Slim said, ‘You hadda George. I swear you hadda. Come on with me.’ “(Steinbeck 107). Even Slim, the hardest working person at the ranch where Lennie and George worked, knew that George had to put Lennie out of his misery, and doing so stops the world from hating Lennie for his mentally challenged mind, and in a messed up kind of way, supports him. Explained by Karbo in further depth, true friends support and accept who their friends are. “...there’s another component to best friendship that may trump even intimacy: social identity support,” (Karbo). Karbo is saying that being intimate is a great to become friends, but you need to support who your friend is, as a part of a religious group, club, or what conditions you were born with. Based on this, George and Lennie are true friends, because George supports Lennie by shooting him (crazy as it may sound), and Lennie supports George by letting George know that he doesn’t have to stay with George if it 's really bothering him. “ ‘George you want I should go away

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