Since Lennie is mentally challenged, George repeatedly thinks about how much simpler his life could be without Lennie. He has also even told this to Lennie, “‘When I think of the swell time I could have without you, I go nuts’” (Steinbeck 12). Steinbeck wrote this to demonstrate how even though George’s life could be simpler and easier without Lennie, George still stayed. This shows how George must have some sort of internal conflict between staying with Lennie and leaving him for a easier life. Lennie has even suggested that he leaves George alone: “‘If you don’ want me I can go off in the hills an’ find a cave.
In the novel, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck showed diverse types of strong friendships between characters in the novel. Even though they could not staying for a long time, they understand each other a bit more than understand itself. John Steinbeck exhibits many forms of friendship, and his characters showed the most significant relationship based on Great Depression. Message of author delivered benefit from character’s companionship and help each other in the harder times of their life. Lennie and George had more strongest friendship in this novel.
After the passing of his dog, Candy encounters a profound feeling of misfortune and feels empty. At the point when Candy hears George and Lennie talking about the dream of owning their own land, Candy gets inspired with the dream that George and Lennie share. George and Lennie allow Candy to share their dream, and Candy encounters hope. Imperatively, Candy builds up a friendship with George and Lennie. Candy confides about his inner feelings regarding his dog to George and begins a companionship.
Broken Dreams Anyone can be lonely, even if they are surrounded by people. They can be lost in their loneliness, without someone to talk to. The characters in the novella, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, are a perfect representation of this. The novella starts with the main characters, George and Lennie, finding their way to a ranch after being chased out of their previous job. It is immediately clear that George, while smaller in size is the sharper one, and that Lennie has the mind of a child and an obsession with petting things, soft things.
Furthermore without any control George was forced to kill Lennie. However he first tells Lennie about their dream, about tending rabbits, living off the land from the crops, and shoots him. Friendship and Loneliness is shown here where George is Lennie’s best friend, and everyone else stays away leaving Lennie alone. Other times in the novel the reader witnesses many other characters face this same factor of isolation. Some examples are,
Friendship is the divine feeling or relationship of care for one another. A friend is there to boost yourself confidence they stand by us confidently making us believe in ourselves. Friends are there to listen to the nonsense happening in our life and are understanding. In the novel Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck it talks and shows the meaning of friendship and how it's important in our life and in the book. George and Lennie have a deep friendship, ever since they were in grammar school.
Jesus Christ, somebody'd shoot you for a coyote if you was by yourself” (Steinbeck 13). George is protecting Lennie because they are close friends and he did promise his Aunt Clara before she died that he would look out for him. Protection is apart of being a friend and a companion because that is what a quality friend does. The day before Lennie and George started work, George said, “Lennie- if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an’ hide in the brush” (Steinbeck 15). Knowing Lennie’s past and the way he acts
When George says that they will get the jack together, he means that they will get their life together, finally be respected and have a good life. George and Lennie want to finally have a good time by making this motif a reality. Steinbeck shows that Lennie is facing his own problems through imagery. He makes efforts to correct his behavior because of his shared dream with George. He continues with killing small animals every time he pets them because of his size.
But he can do anything you tell him” (22). This quote explains that George was lying about how Lennie got his disability, just so he can make the boss think that he was not born unintelligent. It reveals that George really wants the job, so he tries to make him and Lennie great candidates for the position. On the other hand, Candy’s dog has been living with Candy for a very long time, but can’t live much longer due to his poor health. When George and Lennie see Candy’s dog for the first time, the author describes him as, “And at his heels there walked a dragfooted sheepdog, gray of muzzle, and with pale, blind old eyes” (24).
In ‘Of Mice and Men’, written by John Steinbeck, friendship is portrayed as one of the main themes in this novella and a very important part of people’s lives. Steinbeck also portrays friendship by highlighting the importance of friendship and showing how its presence and absence can trigger many positive and negative emotions. Its presence creates hope, feeling of companionship and a sense of responsibility. In spite of friendship’s presence creating positive feelings, its absence does the complete opposite. It generates a feeling of loneliness and isolation.