Not having a companion around to help you enjoy life is like eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the jelly or like a rigged election without George W. Bush. That is why I think in the novel "Of mice and Men"; author John Steinbeck shows how important a friendship is and how much two people can support each other to survive. Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us". Take this bond away and it will create a difficult and almost impossible journey for the two men in this novel. John Steinbeck portrays Lennie and George as having the greatest friendship in the world and while George claims to not need Lennie, he knows that he needs Lennie as much as Lennie needs him.
The mutual relationship between George and Lennie is a genuine friendship between two very different men. Lennie, a mentally handicapped, big man with stand out features and George, the small little tough guy, with the brains and great leadership skills." I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an’ that same damn thing in their heads . . . every damn one of ’em’s got a little piece of land in his head. An’ never a God damn one of ’em ever gets it". As the two men are trying to escape from a mishap that Lennie is in fault for, George like always tries to back him up. George and Lennie met one day when George was talking to his friends and told Lennie to jump off of a bridge that they were both on. Since Lennie is mentally challenged he attempted this brainless act and almost drowned.
George and Lennie have an unusual relationship for itinerant workers which can be viewed in different ways as throughout the novel George is Lennie's carer, father figure, and brother. He is a man of principle; promising Aunt Clara that he would take care of Lennie. Also, no matter how impatient or angry George gets, he always forgives Lennie for his wrongdoings.
In the opening passage introducing them, Lennie acts very childish and immature allowing us to see their ‘father son’ bond, “Lennie!” he said sharply. “Lennie, for God’ sakes don’t drink so much.”Lennie continued to snort into the…