Of Mice and Men Comparison Essay

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In the story, there are two oddly paired men, who travel side by side and support each other with the goal of living the ideal life. In a world of loneliness and trouble, these characters, George and Lennie, find comfort within the presence of each other. Another friendship within the story is between Candy and his dog. In John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, the author suggests that the friendships between the two sets of individuals have parallel connections. By observing the characters’ position in society, the meaning of their relationship with one another, and the killing of their companion, we can conclude that there are similarities between the two partnerships.
     Both sets of friends have their
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‘” God Awmighty, that dog stinks. Get him outa here, Candy! I don’t know nothing that stinks as bad as an old dog. You gotta get him out.”’ (44) Candy’s dog is seen as an old, good-for-nothing dog. The men do not realize that the significance of the dog’s existence is that Candy has a sense of companionship with the dog.
     The true meaning of relationships is companionship. George could have been well off without Lennie, but still continues to care and support him. They have one another to talk to, be with, and look after.
     ‘With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that      gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack      jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they      can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us.’ (14)
George and Lennie have the pleasure of companionship, but other individuals do not. Other individuals do not have someone to look after them or care for them. Therefore, George cares for Lennie, and Lennie cares for George. This companionship is evident in Candy and his dog’s relationship. Candy is hesitant to end the dog’s life because he has bonded with the dog over a long period of time.
     ‘Well—hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup. I

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