The friendship between George and Lennie is prevalent throughout the book, but it is shown most explicitly in their plan to live on a farm together in the future. The way in which this dream is articulated represents the idealized friendship they share.
travel together in an age where men kept to themselves showed friendship, Although George complained about Lennie, there was an underlying bond that transcended even family. They had each others back and "gave a damn" about each other in a very isolating world. George would look out for Lennie similarly to how a parent would and in return Lennie offered unconditional love.
Well, everyone has had a dream or a hope that didn't come true, dream which George and lennie both follow and use to keep them going in tough times is that will own a small ranch or farm and be able to live by themselves there. There they will have be able to live off the produce they make and be entirely self reliant and will be able to stay in when they want and work when they want. This shows that they never want to have to go and work for another person or in harsh conditions. Once they achieve this, they will be working for themselves and in a way they will be free men.Lennie having a simpler and childish mind, just wants to be able to tend the rabbits whereas George looks at it as freedom. This dream is never realised as Lennie dies at the end of the novel. George could still go on and make enough money to get this small ranch but it would depend on if he would still want to do it without Lennie and if it held any value to him anymore. Although it is a failure because of Lennie's death there is also the possibility that they would never have earned enough money to achieve this anyway.
Loneliness is the core of a broken soul. It feeds on exile and hate. It engulfs dreams, pleasures and certain futures. Those who live with loneliness everyday cannot express how deep of a feeling it is to have everything you enjoy crushed by the absence of companionship, Candy is lonely after his dog is gone. Curley's wife is lonely because her husband is not the friend she hoped for —- she deals with her loneliness by flirting with the men on the ranch, which causes Curley to increase his abusiveness and jealousy. The companionship of George and Lennie is the result of loneliness.
Friendship quotes : 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, LENNIE "I was only foolin’, George. I…