The book “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck is about two friends that are always working together. One of the three main characters, Lennie, is mentally handicapped, who has a muscular body, strong and tall. His other friend, George, is intelligent but unlike Lennie, he has a small body and he is smart. They move around and work together. Lennie and George try to find new jobs because they have been fired from their previous job that causes them to move to another city.
In John Steinbeck´s Of Mice and Men, the ideas of companionship and friendship are addressed greatly. George and Lennie are companions who have traveled alongside each other for a long time. They have to keep moving because Lennie causes trouble, and essentially strains their relationship. Although they have issues, they have a deep connection which benefits each of them. Steinbeck´s Of Mice and Men uses motifs and characterization to show that companionship is beneficial to individuals.
George is Lennie's best friend yet George talks about him the most. George told Slim ¨He ain't no cuckoo. He´s dumb as hell, but he ain't crazy¨ (39). Even though George repeatedly insults Lennie, George knows what Lennie is and is not and stands up for him. Another time George talks about him is when Lennie kills Curley's wife.
He didn't want Lennie to be in his house and he’s was very antisocial and he didn't trust Lennie because of the racist environment. Lennie just wanted him to have a friend but Crooks doesn’t really trust that many people. But Crooks tried to be social but he just couldn’t. Crooks said sharply, "You got no right to come in my room. This here's my room.
Their relationship is really weird because nobody really understands why George takes care of Lennie, but for him Lennie is like a responsibility and also means companion. This is reflected when George said this to Lennie: “No, Lennie, I ain’t mad. I never been mad, and I aint now. That’s a thing I want you to know.” Lennie loves George, he is like a role model for him and he admires him. In the novel that is demonstrated when Lennie says to George: “But I would eat none, I’d leave it all for you George.” With those words Lennie demonstrates the admiration and loyalty he has for his best friend.
He tries to read books, but they bore him, he striving of talking with someone, and when Lanny of mice and men comes to his room, he even doesn’t care if Lennie is listening to him. Crooks says: "A guy goes nuts if he ain 't got nobody. Don 't matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" (p.105) In other words, Crooks is definitely in need of a friend, a person with whom he can talk to, and he is emotionally striving of being alone. He compares himself with George and Lennie who support each other and have one thing which all ranch inhabitants are looking for – the friendship.
Therefore George and lennie's companionship leaves their coworkers astonished. For example, Candy had a close bond with his dog, which no one understood. No one raised, or even experienced the things candy experienced with him, Even though everyone saw him as an aging, toothless, smelly dog, Candy saw love and companionship. Candy
Examine how far George and Lennie are loyal to each other throughout 'Of mice and men' In the novella 'Of Mice and Men', by the well-known author, John Steinbeck, the reader is introduced to a varied range of different characters on the ranch; within this realm loyalty between George and Lennie plays a significant role in the lonely itinerant lifestyle. The characters in this short novel act in a world of their own, having no connections to any other type of society; through this Steinbeck can strongly depict the theme of loyalty and friendship in dire situations during this period of time. During the 1930's, at the ranch, a predominant role of intelligent white-males is seen to retain power over lesser groups of people, of which Lennie is portrayed to be this part as he is mentally disabled. Despite this George and Lennie strike up a friendship of loyalty: showing firm and constant support. 'Guys like us got no fambly...they ain't got nobody in the worl' that gives a hoot in hell about 'em' sums up the reason why their loyalty and companionship is so vital and special to each other.
For example, when Lennie goes into Crooks’ room even though he knows he is not allowed in there, Lennie is just trying to be friendly. Crooks at first doesn’t want Lennie in the room but after Lennie would not leave he let him stay. By Crooks letting Lennie stay was probably good for Crooks because he is always lonely and being discriminated against. The absence of friendship makes the characters sad and lonely and then they are meaner characters. For example, The Boss who only shows up once is a very lonely man because he has no friendships so he is always a very angry man.
Lennie have him a new attitude towards life, letting himself feel equal to everyone. Lennie also gave Crooks a friend for the short time Lennie was in his room. Without Lennie talking to Crooks, Candy would have never been invited to sit down either. Candy and Lennie also made Crooks feel equal because each of them had their own disabilities that the other workers didn't have. This is an important life lesson for everyone.