The Theme of Friendship in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

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Imagine going through life without having any friends. The story Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is a realistic fiction about two traveling friends named Lennie and George. George promises Aunt Clara that he will watch over Lennie because of his mental disability. Their friendship is tested many times as Lennie is constantly finding himself in trouble. John Steinbeck uses feelings of happiness, obligation, and love to establish the theme of friendship is the most important thing in life. First, Steinbeck uses the feeling of happiness to show that friendship is the most important thing in life. Happiness keeps George and Lennies relationship going. For example, Lennie said to George, “‘If you don’t want me I can go off into the hills and find a cave. I can go away anytime.’ ‘No look! I was just foolin Lennie. Cause I want you to stay with me’” (Steinbeck 12). Lennie offers to leave because of the constant complaining, and George immediately responds by asking him to stay. George realizes that Lennie is his only friend that makes him happy. George puts his happiness in their friendship above everything else. Crooks talking to Lennie, is another example of happiness establishing the theme. For example, “‘Come on in and set a while,’ Crooks said. ‘Long as you won’t get out and leave me alone, you might as well set down.’ His tone was a little more friendly” (Steinbeck 69). Since Crooks is a slave, there is very little happiness in his life. Even though

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