Good Friends in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Essay

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Good friendships make life easier. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is about two men, George and Lennie, who go on various journeys in order to get a job. Although George would consider Lennie to be his closest friend, he ultimately ends up shooting and killing Lennie. George did this, not out of hatred, but rather out of protection. A good friend will always want what is best for one another. Steinbeck uses his protagonists’ friendship in order to show that true friendship can help make any of life’s hardships less difficult.
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 he has an easy life despite Lennie’s disabilities: When George first meets Lennie, he knows instantly that they have a strong bond with each other because Lennie listens to whatever he tells him to do, “I turns to Lennie and says ‘jump in’ and he jumps. Couldn’t swim a stroke” (Steinbeck 40).Both of them share the same dream of getting their ideal job and desired land. Lennie helps out George by providing a love for him that he needs. Although he does not always show it, George carries a deep affection for Lennie. George tells Lennie the truth even if he knows it might hurt because he knows honesty is important in a true friendship: “George essentially tells Lennie not to reveal himself to people" (McMurray). George does not want Lennie to…