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

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Of Mice and Men Essay Loyalty “So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty. All other pacts of love or fear derive from it and are modeled upon it,” said Haniel Long. This is a quote that shows that loyalty of family comes first. Would you shoot your friend in order to protect him? In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck argues that being loyal is a valuable concept in life, but can sometimes be very difficult. His message is sometimes in relationships, everything can go the wrong way and you have nothing else to do except the right thing, even if it isn’t being loyal. Since Lennie didn’t know allot of things about life and common sense, George is forced to teach him everything. Sitting down by the river after running away from their job because of Lennie again, a pissed off George yells, “Well, we ain’t got any, whatever we ain’t got that’s what you want.” (11) Lennie’s lack of intelligence and his actions repeatedly effect their job security. George is not only forced to deal with the consequences of these actions but be takes them on as his own…show more content…
Clearly in Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck is trying to explain how important the trait of loyalty is in life, but sometimes being loyal forces you to do things that you do not want to do or may never have done. The ultimate loyalty is killing your friend peacefully to protect him from a worse outcome. Of Mice and Men has so much disappointment for the characters yet loyalty prevails. The story is similar to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in which the main character is constantly pursuing the American dream and believes in loyalty but in the end does not get it. The end result for both characters is the same, as they both lose in the end but were both driven by their
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