John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men

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Do you think that it is worth being in a friendship with a person that has a mental illness? Throughout the book, Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck, the two main characters, George and Lennie do exactly this. Lennie is the big strong brute that has mental challenges. And George is the smart, yet timid friend of Lennie. Throughout the book, George and Lennie are dealing with both the advantages and disadvantages of this relationship. Whether it be getting run out of a town called Weed, accidently killing a dog, or having to be watched over all the time, George and Lennie remain friends throughout the entirety of the book. As shown by the fact that George and Lennie share a parental and sibling-like relationship, the advantages of being in a parent-like relationship with someone who is not sane outweigh the disadvantages. Firstly, Steinbeck, through his repeated use of the image of the relationship of George and Lennie being in a parent-like relationship shows the idea that the advantages of being in a parent-like relationship with someone who is not sane outweigh the disadvantages.George and Lennie are two migrant workers who are traveling through California to find work. Lennie is an extremely large man who likes to play with rabbits. On the way there, they stop at a pond for a drink of water. In the text, it states, “Lennie, who had been watching, imitated George” (2). Lennie is following George to find work. He was “watching” George, and George was being “imitated” by

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