Companionship In George Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Companionship in Of Mice and Men It’s hard to imagine going through life without a single friend. Having at least one companion in life is essential to one 's mental well being. Simply having someone to talk to, knowing that there is at least one person in this crazy world that cares. Companions can be quite simple and can also be very complex. The characters in Steinbeck 's novel, Of Mice and Men, portray varying degrees of companionship.
George and Lennie have a unique and powerful friendship. They travel together, moving from ranch to ranch looking for work. Times are tough for everyone. George gives the readers a glimpse of the rough ranch-hand life when he says, “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the …show more content…

George, Lennie, Candy, and Crooks all have one thing in common. All of these characters are social outcasts who desire some form of companionship. Everyone needs to feel that they are loved, even dogs. The story reveals several different levels of companionship. George and Lennie have the truest form of companionship. They are in it for the long haul. No matter what happens, they have each others back. Their friendship, although rocky at times is consistent. Candy and his dog are best friends. They work and play together. The love and affection Candy has for his dog is very apparent. Candy is devastated at the loss of his pet but the idea of being able to live at George and Lennie’s dream ranch lifts his spirit. Crooks goes through life without a true friend and no one to talk to. He has gotten used to no one giving him the time day. It is quite apparent that he loves to talk and tell stories, even to strangers. The relationship with Lennie, although brief was extremely meaningful to Crooks. Lennie’s personality makes it easy for people like Crooks, Candy and George to want to take care of him, want to spend time with him and are comfortable in talking to him. The spectrum of companionship in the novel varies from a life long partner, the truest form of companionship, to a constant companionship, and to a brief acquaintanceship. All of these levels of companionship contribute to an important part of ones well-being. No one should have to go through

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