Healthy Friendship In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Register to read the introduction…“Good Friends” or a “Healthy Friendship” does not include any of these things, on the contrary, it's the complete opposite. In the book “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, two characters are introduced; Lennie and George. Men from two completely different worlds; Lennie, built tall and bulky, muscular, but not so bright. George; short and skinny, “scrawny” but he is intelligent, way more intelligent than Lennie. These two men spend their lives traveling together, working and hoping one day they can buy their “dream farm” and settle down, not having to work anymore and make profit from the land and animals. On some occasions, George was a poor friend to Lennie. He would take advantage of Lennie's mental capacity, he would constantly played harsh jokes on him, there was a time where George told Lennie to jump in a riven even though it was to his knowledge that Lennie could not swim (Steinbeck 40). He would always tell him what to do, because he knew Lennie was fully obedient like the time he was telling Slim that Lennie would, “He’d do any damn thing I tol’ him.”(Steinbeck 40). He also took advantage of…show more content…
He allowed Curley to beat him up and did not even attempt to help or stop the beating (Steinbeck 63). It took him too long to react and when he did it was too late because Lennie’s face was already covered in blood and bruised (Steinbeck 63-64). Also, if he cared for Lennie and his well being he would not have left him alone on the ranch to go to the cat house, he should not have even left him alone in the first place and because he did Lennie ended up killing his puppy and then eventually Curley’s wife (Steinbeck 85 & 91-92). In the end of the story George kills Lennie by putting a bullet through the back of his head (Steinbeck 106), while letting him fantasize and imagine the magical dream farm that neither of them will ever come to
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