A Tragic Friendship In John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men'

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Mylanna Holman
Mrs. Steinkuhler
English Ⅰ
13 December 2016
A Tragic Friendship In John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie are polar opposites that stick together even through all the hard times that they have. Lennie always gets into trouble because he loves to pet soft things. Because of his affection for soft things, it causes him to kill Curley’s wife. Lennie then goes to the place where George says to go when there is trouble. When George meets up with Lennie, George makes him daydream about their ranch; however, while he is daydreaming, George shoots Lennie. George was right to kill Lennie because George saved Lennie from doing wrong in the future and gave him a more peaceful death. One reason George was right to kill Lennie is because now Lennie will not get into anymore trouble. Lennie says, “You wasn’t big enough… they tol’ me and tol’ me you wasn’t. I di’n’t know you’d get killed so easy” (Steinbeck 85-86). Now that Lennie is no longer alive, nobody else will be accidentally killed by him. Also, George says, “I got you! You can’t keep a job and you lose me ever’ job I get. Jus’ keep me shovin’ all over the country all the time…” (Steinbeck 11). Without Lennie, George can stay in
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However, the other guys would have let Lennie suffer. Slim explains, “If we could keep Curley in, we might. But Curley’s gonna want to shoot ‘im… An’ suppose they lock him up an’ strap him down and put him in a cage. That ain’t no good, George” (Steinbeck 99). If George would have let Lennie go, Curley would have done painful things to Lennie. Furthermore, George says, “You… an’ me, Ever’body gonna be nice to you. Ain’t gonna be no more trouble. Nobody gonna hurt nobody nor steal from ‘em” (Steinbeck 106). Before George shot Lennie, he made him think about their future on the ranch. Curley would not have given Lennie a merciful death like George
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