In John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie are a pair of men who travel together. Traveling together they give eachother a sense of comfort and hope for a brighter future. George has taken Lennie under his wing and therefore Lennie depends solely on George for everything. George states that Lennie and him are never lonely in this : “But not us’!
Throughout the early 1930’s, Steinbeck’s characters were in search of a better life. They believed that they would achieve freedom from their nomadic lifestyles in America. Unfortunately, after the Wall Street crash of 1929 many of them lost their dream once the Great Depression began. To make matters worse, the increased farming activity and the 7 year drought which began in 1931 created the Dust Bowl in the Great Plain States. During this time, many people traveled to California in search of jobs and an easier life.
Can you imagine that you trusted someone so much that you would jump into a river without knowing how to swim just because that person told you to? Well, that happened to Lennie in John Steinbeck 's captivating novel, Of Mice and Men. George, Lennie 's friend, told Lennie to jump into the river but soon George realized that Lennie was unable to swim. He then jumped in and saved his life. Lennie was so grateful that George saved his life that he neglect to remember that George was the one that told him to jump.
In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck there are many themes but the main one is brotherhood. On page 22 of the story Of Mice and Men George says,“He 's my...cousin” The boss of the job that George and Lennie are applying for is questioning whether George and Lennie are traveling together because that doesn 't happen that often. This quote proves that the theme is brotherhood because George is willing to lie to protect Lennie. Also on page 32 George says, “I seen 'em poison before but I never seen no piece of jail bait worse than her.” George and Lennie have just ran into Curley 's wife and George is warning Lennie not to interact with her if he knows what is good for
George’s character does not really change during the book. However, the reader’s opinion of him starts to view him as a loving, caring figure. This change of opinion is the result of more of his character being revealed. At the start of the book he just seems like an everyday person looking for work. However, his relationship with Lennie shows a warm, brother-like character.
George and Lennie’s Complex Relationship Since Lennie has a mental disability, it is hard for George to keep Lennie out of trouble in a various number of situations. George gets frustrated with Lennie several times in the novel, and it is hard for George to stay by Lennie’s side at some points. Lennie and George face several issues, and it continues in the book Of Mice and Men. Even though Lennie and George’s friendship has its problems, there are still benefits of having a friend. Lennie’s mental disability isn’t as dangerous when George is around.
What comes to mind when the word loyalty is mentioned? A dog, a pet, friends or family is what most people think of when the word is mentioned. However, many would not associate the word loyalty with loneliness. When John Steinbeck thought of loyalty he wrote of deep friendships and a dog and its owner’s love. Loyalty can be associated with loneliness because by the end of a friendship or family member, someone is always gone before the other, due to old age or a medical issue that has come up.
The Purpose of Life Friendship is one of the most important elements of life itself. In a way, friendship gives people a purpose, however it is difficult to understand. This idea is evident in the book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. This book follows the lives of George and Lennie, who are trying to find work on a ranch so that they can live out their dream of buying their own ranch. Unfortunately, they encounter multiple hiccups on their journey, due to Lennie's mental disability.
Friendship is something everyone needs to survive. Without friends, there is no one to look to in times of need; no one to support you . In the novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, it is clear that George and Lennie are best friends who always stay together, even though their relationship is strained. But sometimes, friends must do what is best for the other. Due to this, it is clear that George was justified in killing Lennie at the end of the novel.
In Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men the main theme is Loneliness and Isolation. Steinbeck really creates an image in your head of the life of the migrated ranch men. He hides the fact the characters are isolated in the language he uses. The town that the ranch is close to is called “Soledad” which means loneliness in spanish. In latin “Solitaire” (the card game the men play) means alone and isolated.