The novel, "Of Mice of Men" portrays the deep relationship of George and Lennie. The curiosity of George and Lennie friendship is intriguing for the reader as it very complex and full of twists and turns. Of mice and men is set in the 1930s depression years in America. This means that their relationship was under a lot of strain. It was unusual in those times to be able to sustain friendships because life was all about living for the moment after America's great loss. When we are first introduced to Lennie and George the main physical differences are highlighted. Lennie is "huge", " shapeless of face" and compared to a bear. However George is small, quick and thin. It shows they are completely different characteristics
Since the death of Lennie's Aunt Clara, George took it upon himself to take responsibility of him and his special needs by finding him jobs, feeding him, and making sure he is safe. Their mutual dependence on one another is what keeps George and Lennie together. Lennie stays with George because he has no other option. His only family, his aunt, has passed away, and he has the mind of a very young child. He would not be able to survive on his own: it is because of George that he is able to find work, and it is George who ultimately cares for him. George stays with Lennie, I believe, out of a sense of duty and an overwhelming loneliness. George promised Lennie's aunt that he would look after Lennie, and now he has become so used to being with Lennie that he does not know any other way. Lennie, despite the frustration George feels in taking care of him, is George's only friend. From Lennie's perspective, George is the most important person in his life, his guardian and only friend. Every time he does anything that he knows is wrong, his first thought is of George's disapproval. He doesn't defend himself from Curley because of George's stern instruction for him to stay out of trouble.