Companionship In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Have you ever felt that your companion was like a parent or like a child? A great example of this question are the two main characters in the book of “Of Mice and Men”. These two main characters, which are George and Lennie were just like a parent and a child. It is clear that in the novel “Of Mice and Men”, Steinbeck uses companionship, American dream, and guardianship to describe Lennie and George’s resemblance. On the other hand, Steinbeck uses George’s leadership, cynicism, liberty and Lennie’s child like behavior, naivety, stability to explain their contradiction. To begin with, in George and Lennie’s companionship, George provided guidance for Lennie since he’s mentally like a child. The reason why Lennie acts like a child is because of his mental conditions.…show more content…
In the ranch where George and Lennie are staying, there is a bully, called Curley. Lennie was frightened by Curley’s demeanor, so he asked George if they can go to other ranches, but George told him that they have to stay here until they get a stake. Instead of a normal ranch, Lennie dreams of a ranch in a safe environment with only George and himself, and few rabbits hopping around. On the other hand, George wants to be free of his entire existence including Lennie. George only wants few dollars in his pocket and the chance to be his own man within the restricted parameters available to men like him. In the novel, Lennie and George discuss about their future dreams, “O.K. Someday – we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and– ” “An’ live off the fatta the lan’,” Lennie shouted. “An’ have rabbits. Go on George! Tell about what we’re gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages and about the rain in the winter and the stove, and how thick the cream is on the milk like you can hardly cut it. Tell about that, George.” (Steinbeck
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