Do true friendships come and go easily? In George and Lennie’s case, no. In Steinbeck’s book, Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie travel together looking for work. They travel from ranch to ranch together, eat together, and dream together. The two guys depend on each other for support and to achieve the classic American Dream. George and Lennie have a true friendship because George is always looking out for Lennie, Lennie always listens/remembers what George says, and George does everything he can to make Lennie happy.
In terms of emotional stability, there is one thing in life that is really needed, and that is friends. Without friends, people would suffer from lonliness and solitude. Lonliness leads to low self-esteem and deprivation. In the novel, Of Mice And Men, by John Steinbeck, the two main themes are friendship and lonliness.
Strong friendships have the power to make people’s lives better. George and Lennie travel together and eventually live together, resulting in a strong bond between them. George cares for Lennie and he makes sure
Many characters in, “Of Mice and Men”, show friendship. George and Lennie show the most examples of having a great friendship. George and Lennie both take each care of one another and care about each other. They both support each other in making the dream of living off the fatta’ the land, come true. Doing these things prove that they have a strong friendship.
Throughout Of Mice and Men, George never leaves Lennie’s; however, George does not seem to like being around Lennie: it is a responsibility he accepts. In one scene at the beginning of the book, George grows intensely frustrated with Lennie and begins a lecture which leads into a one-sided fight. They settle down for the night next to a river, when one insignificant question from Lennie sets George over the edge. He chides Lennie about how he holds him back instead of pushing him forward, and rants, “‘You can’t keep a job and you lose me every job I get. Jus’ keep me shovin’ all over the country all the time. An’ that ain’t the worst. You get in trouble’” (11). As George berates Lennie, he gives the impression that he does not enjoy being with Lennie and instead, treats Lennie like he is an unintelligent child and grudgingly takes him in. If George claims to be a suitable friend of Lennie,
A friend is someone you can count on to be by your side no matter what happens. They are a big part of your lives, and even though there are fights and disagreements, they still care for you. A good friends is almost another sibling. In Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie have a relationship that is very similar to that of siblings. They are not always on good terms but are always there for each other. They have a unique friendship that many men didn't have in the time of the Great Depression. While Lennie was dependent on George, he was also a source of comfort and a friend to George. Sadly, George had no choice but to kill Lennie ending their friendship and their dream together. Though it may seem cruel, George's actions were out of love. In John Steinbeck's novel we read about a complicated but beautiful friendship between George and Lennie and see it come to a tragic end.
In the modern age friendship comes in many different shapes and sizes. There's the good and there's the bad. You might even find some types of friendships surprising, for example an "entrepreneurial relationship". In the book "Of Mice and Men" Lennie and George are friends, but not very good friends. George is unfortunately friends with Lennie for the wrong reasons.
Do you ever fight with your longtime best friend over something huge, and end up losing them in the aftermath? George and Lennie have been traveling with each other for a long time, but as they are on the verge of their dream Lennie goes and messes it up, which causes George to have to do something he never wanted to do. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, it has a common theme of friendship. Friendship is what carries people throughout their lives, and without it life could be very hard. George’s friendship was the only reason why Lennie had survived all this time as seen through the conflict .
In the story George’s character is revealed in how he treats Lennie. In the beginning of the book George is quick to be harsh and frustrated with taking care of Lennie. He is often verbally abusive to Lennie and considers Lennie a nuisance to have around. George is also hasty to remind Lennie of the ideal life he could have had without Lennie, full of cat houses, whisky, and card games. “‘Why, I could stay in a cat house all night. I could eat any place I want … and order any damn thing I could think of…. An’ whatta I got,’ George went on furiously. ‘I got you!’” (Steinbeck 12). Although George is quickly angered he is still grateful to have his friend, Lennie, to travel with. This gratitude becomes even more evident by the end of the story when George is prepared to kill Lennie. At this time George reflects on all of the wonderful effects Lennie
George and Lennie were best friends. They were always together, and were always there for each other. Later in the book, we find out that they want to buy a farm together. George told Lennie he could help with the rabbits. As you see, they even had a future planned out. Some may say them being friends doesn’t matter, and it is better than a stranger killing
George, while not a selfish man, certainly had something to gain from Lennie’s death, particularly if he carried it out himself. Lennie had only made his life more difficult, from losing him jobs to getting them run out of town. As George says multiple times over the course of the novel, “If I was alone I could live so easy. ... I could get a job and not have no mess” (Steinbeck 103), going on about how he would spend his time and money without Lennie.
Aside from the plenty illustrations of isolation, seclusion, and loneliness shown in the characters in Of Mice and Men, the natural, truthful relationships throughout the book can not afford to be forgotten about. Lennie and George share an unusual, odd friendship that almost looks as if they are not friends at all. Though it is not how a conventional friendship may seem to other people, it makes sense to George and Lennie. George and Lennie share a relationship that is quite similar to the same relationship that a dog shares with its master. George tells, basically commanding, Lennie to do something (like not talking), and Lennie listens and “obeys” without question. If George tells Lennie not to
George takes care of Lennie many ways. George has taken care of Lennie for a long time. George took him under his wing even though he didn’t need to. George genuinely cares for Lennie. He feeds him, makes sure he is safe, also he gives him hope. George is constantly watching Lennie. George is a good friend to Lennie; however, George gets annoyed with Lennie very easily. He does this to make sure he doesn’t get into trouble or lost. He never leaves him by himself. This is shown when Lennie offers to leave, but George tells him “I want you to stay with me Lennie”(Steinbeck 104). George really cares for Lennie.
In life, people regularly encounter new friends in various places at different times. However, they are usually unaware of who their real friends are. What is the conceptual meaning of a friend? A person who you talk to occasionally? A person who supports you from the back? What is the correct description of a real friend? In John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, the story depicts a story of ranch workers during Great Depression in 1939 as they struggle to survive the cruel world undergoing an economic crisis. Throughout the book, the characters, George, Lennie, Slim, and others develop certain levels of friendships and bonds among them, which the author utilizes them to explore the diverse values of friendships. The interactions between
Coming from the known philosopher, Aristotle, “With true friendship, friends love each other for their own sake, and they wish good things for each other”(Knobel). In Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, there are numerous points of view and arguments over George and Lennie's friendship. The novella focuses on two farm workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, who struggle to keep their jobs and eventually move to a new ranch. With the dream of owning their own land one day, they plan on working there for a few months in hopes of Lennie not getting into trouble again. Lennie does not know his own strength and often gets himself into difficult situations without completely understanding what he did wrong. It is undoubtedly the reason George ends up fatally shooting Lennie in the end before Curley does. Although friendship involves looking out for one another, Steinbeck demonstrates that sometimes the most difficult decisions can be an act of love.