Of Mice and Men 'Lennie Needs George More Than George Needs Lennie'

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Of Mice and Men Essay Lennie needs George more than George needs Lennie. Both Lennie and George would be nothing without each other. Steinbeck clearly shows how important friends are and how they can support and help you in a number of different ways. Lennie needs George for basic survival and without him, Lennie’s life would not be very long. George on the other hand, needs Lennie for a purpose in life. The conclusion of the novel Of Mice and Men illustrates what life would be like for George and Lennie without the other. Lennie is mentally disabled and so always ‘does bad things’, because of this, he constantly depends on George to protect him and get him out of trouble. For example, in Weed, Lennie constantly ‘wants to touch…show more content…
George and Lennie are different as they have each other for support, friendship and much more. Lennie is able to give George hope, hope that things will get better by continually talking about the dream of ‘livin’ of the fatta the land’. This in turn brightens George’s spirits and motivates him to keep on working hard and believing that ‘we got a future’. Even though Lennie helps George in many physiological ways, he also helps him physically. Lennie’s pure size and strength is so great that he is often compared to a ‘bear’ by Steinbeck; an animal which has immense power. This strength helps them gain work as ‘man, (Lennie) can work’. Without Lennie, George would have much difficulty finding manual labour jobs due to his small size. The end of the novel shows us just how George and Lennie would live without the other. All hope is lost for both of them and this is foreshadowed by the pigeon which flies out the barn. The pigeon symbolises the dream and freedom for Lennie and George and after Curley’s wife is killed, all this is lost. Without George, Lennie would most likely have died long before and by the end of the book, this is the way he is. Though George does not need Lennie to survive, he might as well be dead as without Lennie, George has no purpose and will be ‘just like everyone else’. He will be isolated and alone like all the other characters in the world with ‘no one to look after him and
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