Essay On Friendship In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The Great Depression was not easy for anyone, but there were certain aspects that made life a little bit more tolerable, such as friendship, or hope for a better future. The strong tie between Lennie and George, the main characters in Of Mice and Men, was illustrated throughout the story. Lennie had a difficult time realizing what was going on around him, while George did his best to steer him in the right direction. The two of them spent their life traveling around California, jumping from job to job. George and Lennie experience the highs and the lows of life on their journey. There are few American novels that encompass the entirety of the human experience like John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. George and Lennie have an unbreakable bond of friendship. Others in the novel, however, are not so lucky. Lennie meets a man named Crooks, a black slave who lives in a little shed that leans off the wall to the barn. Crooks does not necessarily understand…show more content…
It was well known by a few that Lennie would never do anything to hurt a single soul. Lennie tried his best to stay out of trouble and for the most part, it worked.In Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie often talk about their plan to buy a little house and let all their worries drift away from them, but in the end it doesn’t work out that way. Their dream floats away due to an incident that caused Lennie to be killed. John Steinbeck was smart in his way of quick thinking and connected Of Mice and Men to the poem written by Robert Burns. In the second to last sentence in the second to last stanza Robert Burns writes, “The best-laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men/Gang aft agley” (Burns 39), which translates to how to farmer believed the mouse he had ended up killing had all these plans, but in the end wasn’t allowed to fulfill them due to his death, similar to Lennie. Therefore, Steinbeck was foreshadowing what was going to happen to Lennie in the end of the
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