The Theme Of Friendship In Of Mice And Men

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In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, there are many different themes, but friendship is one of the most important themes. There are many different meanings of friendship. According to, Dictionary.com the meaning of friendship is “A friendly relation or intimacy.” Friendship is having a close bond with a person. There’s a saying, “ The greatest gift of life is friendship.” Lennie and George have a close bond, in fact George was Lennie’s protector. George was trying to provide a better life for the both of them. In other words, if Lennie was not with George, George worried who would look after Lennie. George was trying his best to look after him, and make sure nothing bad happens to him. Their friendship, however, was a gift to Lennie,…show more content…
Not all friendships are the same; “ A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” Concerning the friendship in this story, one friendship was based on caring, because George cared for Lennie, another was companionship, Curley’s wife was a very flirtatious person, especially to the men around her and Lennie. Candy was wanting to gain stability. George knew that Lennie had problems from the first day they met each other. Although he had the mindset of a child, George still managed to be a good, caring friend. He was more like Lennie’s parent. For example, Candy killed her dog, because she didn’t want to see him suffer. “ Candy’s dog was in terrible condition, and it could barely be said that the ratty old thing was even alive. It stunk like a dozen skunks, was nearly blind, could barely hear, had arthritis that was so bad, the old mutt couldn’t sit down, had no quality of life, and probably had urinary and bowel problems, a miserable condition that is almost assured in old dogs.” This was called “mercy killing : a painless, instantaneous death.” George killed Lennie to take him out of misery.” And George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie’s head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger. The crash of the shot rolled up the hills and rolled down again. Lennie jarred and then settled slowly forward to the sand, he lay without quivering.”(p. 106) Both Candy nor George wanted to watch their friend, and dog suffer from
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