Friendships In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is a novel with many different themes. Whether it be isolation, weakness, or violence. One theme that stays throughout the entire novel is the importance and danger of friendship. Friendships are an important aspect in everyday society. There are cliques and groups everywhere you turn. A group of teenagers with their faces glued to their phone screens, or a gathering of mothers talking amongst themselves. Everyday, friendships are made and broken.

The novel starts out with two friends, George and Lennie, as they journey across the field in search of a place to stay the night. They are a very unlikely pair the two: George is a small, quick and witty man who seemed to take leadership between them; Lennie is a tremendous sized man, he is slow not only physically but mentally he has the mind of a toddler. Though they are different from each other they seem to be joined at the hip. They do everything together and George takes care of Lennie no matter what. They even wear the same clothes and walk the same. They had walked in single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other. Both were dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons. Both wore black, shapeless hats and both carried tight blanket rolls slung over their shoulders. (Steinbeck, 44) Throughout their
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Take Curly’s wife for example. All she wanted was someone to talk to about her dreams and hopes for the future. The only problem was the fact that she’s married to Curly, who she could never seem to find for some unknown reason, and he doesn’t really pay much attention to her. She never had anyone to talk to. Then one day, she found Lennie in the barn all alone beating himself up over the fact that he accidentally killed a little pup. Curly’s wife took the opportunity and started talking to Lennie. Lennie warned her that if they talk something bad will most likely