Friendship In John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men'

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Mrs. Clarke Honors English June 7, 2012 Friendship What is friendship? Friendship is having someone who you care for and have fun with. A friend will always help you both physically and mentally. The novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck exhibits many forms of friendship. Working on a ranch together, Lennie, George, Candy, and Slim show dependence on each other’s companionship in this novel. They benefit from each other's company and help each other during the harder times of their life. Through this struggle, Steinbeck shows how friendship is the most essential way of coping with reality. George's friendship is probably the most prevalent in the novel, directed many of the characters on the ranch, but mostly at Lennie. George always…show more content…
Lennie always persists to make friends with everyone he meets, regardless of their stature. A perfect example is when he was finished playing with his puppy in the barn; he sees Crooks’ room and wants to go in to rest. He then sees Crooks in the room and immediately tries to become friends with him. After a brief argument, Crooks says “Come on in and set a while, long as you don’t leave me alone, you might as well set down,” because deep down Crooks really did want a friend or at least someone to talk to since he wasn’t allowed in the bunk with the other men because he was a slave (76). In doing so, we see how essential not only it is for Lennie to gain another friend in times of loneliness, but for Crooks as well. Being secluded from companionship like Crooks is, he becomes dependent on Lennie for moments like those to remind him that he is still a human being. Lennie, like George, also doesn’t want to risk losing a friend over something minor. When Lennie wanted some ketchup and he saw that he made George angry by continuously asking for what they don’t have, he immediately apologized and said “I wouldn’t eat no ketchup, George. I’d leave it all for you. You could cover your beans with it and I wouldn’t touch none of it” (13). George then reassured him that he wasn’t angry and that he could have all the ketchup he wanted. Lennie always likes to hear about his special bond with George, so he always prompts George to talk about the way they aren’t like other guys. Because they have very little, Lennie likes to be reminded that he has a friend like George. It helps him to forget that they are apart of the lower-class. By having each other it helps strengthen Lennie’s confidence in himself by forgetting about reality, at least for the moment. Lennie depends on friendship as well as others depend on his. He is very valuable because he always cheers up anyone who needs
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