He life has so far been trying to keep a steady job while caring and looking after Lennie, who easily gets them kicked out of almost every place they go to. “An’ you ain’t gonna do no bad things like you done in Weed, neither,”(Steinbeck 8). George honestly knew he would be better off without Lennie. But because of Lennie’s aunt, he would keep him safe even if a town was after him. Multiple times he has saved Lennie from others who misinterpreted him for a fool or a creep, when really they acted on impulse than understand the situation at
and loyalty. George has been through everything with Lennie, whether it was good or bad. Even when Lennie got into some trouble and was accused of rape in Weed by touching a girls dress, George helped him escape. When they escaped, they went to find a job together to earn money for a little ranch or farm of their own. Lennie is a big, mentally dumb yet gentle man, while George is a small yet quick-witted man.
The words selfish and selfless are two completely different words with two completely different meanings, yet they get confused quite often. In “Of Mice and Men,” some readers may envision the character George as selfish or harsh towards Lennie, however, Steinbeck portrays George as selfless. George and Lennie find themselves in penurious situations very often. This is burdensome for George considering Lennie’s mental disability, and it should be expected that George will become infuriated with him at times. It is evident that George’s actions and words towards Lennie are selfless or caring represented by Lennie’s mental disability, his troublesome behavior, the life George could have without him, and why George kills him.
In John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men there are a lot of themes. The themes consist of friendship, loneliness, discrimination and dreams. All of these themes are important, and play immense role in the outcome at the end. The major theme is that friends stick together; unconditionally; this is demonstrated through Lennie and George's actions in Weed, in the bunk house, and in the aftermath of Curly's wife's death.
Do you want to know why Lennie and George became great friends in Of Mice and Men, well I’ll tell you. In John Steinbeck’s of mice and men some points of friendship are that George and Lennie take care of each other. Also George and Lennie support one another in endeavoring after their shared dream. Lastly George and Lennie make sacrifices for each other and are responsible for each other. I’m trying to prove that George and Lennie’s relationship show us the true meaning of friendship.
Lennie’s mental difficulties often frustrate George, and at times he lashes out at Lennie. When Lennie complains, George explodes, “‘Whatever we ain’t got, that’s what you want. God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy’”(Steinbeck 11). Lennie doesn’t understand that George can’t give him everything. At times, George gets angry that he always has to support Lennie, “‘You can’t keep a job and you lose me ever’ job I get’”(11). George always has to come to Lennie’s aid when he gets into trouble, “‘You do bad things and I got to get you out’”(11). These issues dishearten George, because he is forced to constantly travel to new places to stay ahead of the law. Even when he isn’t with Lennie, George still complains. When talking to Slim, he says, ‘“Lennie’s a God damn nuisance most of the time’”(41). Overall, George believes that even though Lennie is a loyal friend, he is a pain to deal
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is a novella about the American Dream two friends have. The novel describes the lifestyle of two poor workers who have long-term plans to live a happy and successful life on a farm ranch. Steinbeck demonstrates in this novella that sometimes to get to the ultimate destination, there can always be a bumpy road along the way. In the novel, there were several examples of actions with good intentions giving tragic outcomes. Those are examples of bumps on the road. Of Mice and Men shows that a person’s actions may not always coincide with their intentions.
In the era of the Great Depression, the lack of friendship increased and therefore accumulated the amount of unstable relationships. In his novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck introduced different friendships within his characters using dramatic and situational irony. Many of his character had unstabilized relationships with other characters. Throughout the book, the friendships were unhealthy and unstable due to forced connections lack of human connections and lack of self-control.
George is very protective of Lennie, which means that George cares for him. In chapter one, they have a conversation and Lennie questions whether he should stay with George or
"An' why? Because...because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why." This quote shows friendship the most. Friendship is one of the most important things throughout the book in the book George and Lennie are very good friends and they need each other to survive in such a bad area and jump from job to job "'Ain't many guys travel around together,' he mused. 'I don't know why. Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.'” The reason lennie says that is because he has George and he doesn't need anyone else . If George didn't have Lennie he would be lonely and same goes for Lennie. Without George Lennie would not be able to get a job because of his disabilities and he wouldn't be able to keep Lennie to not do anything stupid. Loyalty is also another big trait that both characters hold dear to them because they need each other to survive again Lennie without George he is nothing and would have nowhere to go. Loyalty and Friendship go a long way in this book and in real
Friendship is the relationship between George and Lennie. The friendship between Georgie and Lennie can be interpreted as brotherhood and the relationship between father and son. Brotherhood is implied because both George and Lennie share a relationship of honesty and love, even though they may not show it. When Lennie gets a little out of line, George gets very irritated and makes it apparent. However, no matter how much Lennie bothers him, George wants to protect Lennie. Page 14. “No-look! I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie. ‘Cause I want you to stay with me. Trouble with mice is you always kill ‘em.” The relationship between father and son is also implied because George looks after Lennie’s basic survival needs and tries to keep him out of trouble. On the other hand, Lennie provides George with support and love to motivate George as a father. Page 16. “But you ain’t gonn get in no trouble, because if you do, I won’t let you tend the rabbits.”
Despite what hardships may come, you should always be there for a friend and do what’s best for them. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George does just that for his best and only friend Lennie. Most guys like them don’t have friends, but they have a unique friendship where George acts as a brother to Lennie and tries to help him. They both share the same dream of owning a house, but George is forced to put it aside in order to do what’s best for his friend. George continually sacrifices his own happiness to take care of Lennie.
George often got frustrated with Lennie and yelled at him, insulted him, and threatened him, by telling him they wouldn’t get the animals he wanted when they got their dream house. George also told Lennie that whenever he was in trouble he had to go to the bushes. When Lennie went to the bushes after killing the women, George told the men that were looking for him the opposite direction he had actually gone. Unfortunately, he did not use this opportunity to help Lennie escape. Once George found Lennie he used a gun he had stolen to kill
In reality the only reason George killed Lennie was because he didn't want Lennie to be lynched or killed by a random stranger George could have continued to run with Lennie but at some point he would make another huge mistake. George couldn’t allow Lennie to get away with murder. While a true friend will hopefully never kill or even think about killing their best friend, in this situation it was the only reasonable thing to do for not only Lennie’s own good but for the safety of the general public. A true friend wouldn’t allow their best friend to not only be humiliated but killed in front of strangers for a mistake he had made because he truly didn’t know any
He wants Lennie to be safe and happy, and he does this by keeping Lennie from getting himself into certain situations, telling him things that will make him happy, and keeping him away from people that could drag him into something unfavorable. George can infer from what happened in Weed that Lennie might get into trouble at the new ranch, so, before George and Lennie even arrive at the ranch he tells Lennie where to go if something unfortunate happens, and the he will come and meet him there so Lennie won’t get hurt. These actions display that George’s loyalty to Lennie shields him from society. If George hadn’t thought of this plan and told Lennie about it, and Lennie did something inappropriate, he would be treated maliciously even if he didn't intend to do behave poorly because of how society treated people like Lennie at this time. George also tells Lennie to keep away from certain people, like Curley and his wife. George’s intentions in this are to keep Lennie out of harm’s way, “‘Look Lennie. You try to keep away from him, will you? Don’t ever speak to him. If he comes in here you move clear to the other side of the room.’” (Steinbeck 19). Although George can’t control what other people do, he can take measures to control what Lennie does to ensure his safety and happiness, proving that his loyalty runs deep and protects him from