Relationship Between George And Lennie Friendship

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In Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men one of the most important themes is friendship. The friendship between George and Lennie is unique in that they both fill a void and ultimately bring joy to each other. George relies on Lennie; he needs him for emotional comfort and support. Lennie too not only relies but depends on George for guidance in day to day life. Even though their needs for each other are different it cannot be said that one needs the other more. Both need each other equally. What they gain from their friendship is invaluable. Steinbeck suggests that human beings are at their best when they have someone to aspire towards for guidance and protection. With George as a friend Lennie is at his best. He has a child like mind but nevertheless he is at his best. It is clear that without George by his side Lennie would have no clue of what to do or how to go about making logical decisions; we see this when George asserts the point “ Jesus Christ Lennie! You can’t remember nothing that happens, but you remember ever’ word I say.” So we can see that without…show more content…
When Lennie does something wrong George yells at him highlighting the benefits life would have without Lennie in it “If I was alone I could live so easily, I could get a job and not have no mess. And when the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks an’ go to a cat house”. Yet George stays with Lennie even though nothing is stopping him from leaving and enjoying those talked about benefits. This ultimately shows the emotional need George has for Lennie. It is clear that the need George and Lennie have for each other is equally important. Although different, each fills the void they have and helps them be “better” people and live more fulfilled lives. Lennie needs George for guidance and protection while George needs Lennie for emotional comfort. A bond like theirs should never be
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