Explore How John Steinbeck Movingly Portrays the Close Friendship Between Lennie and George in His Novel 'of Mice and Men'.

Coursework Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck.

Explore how John Steinbeck movingly portrays the close friendship between Lennie and George in his novel 'Of Mice and Men'.

In the novel Of Mice and Men, one of the main themes of the story is friendship. But not any friendship. John Steinbeck gives the reader a very striking and moving image of the two protagonists’ friendship throughout the novel. Almost straight away we perceive a father-son bond but when we look closer, it becomes clear that it is a very changing and moving relationship: John Steinbeck first gives an image of a father and his son, which touches the reader from the very first pages. But as the novel continues we learn more about George and Lennie's past, when they were only youngsters with a brother-like relationship, before Aunt Clara died.
The first time we told about the relationship between George and Lennie is during the discussion between George and Slim working in the ranch: when George says he "used to play jokes on 'im 'cause he was too dumb to take care of himself". As a brother would play tricks on his siblings, he played tricks on Lennie. Instead of reacting as a usual friend towards George, who nearly killed him, he showed a much more passionate and loving behavior towards his companion. When telling Slim this story, "George's voice was taking on the tone of confession". This explicitly shows his shame about his past deeds towards his friend. In return, Lennie shows a similar brotherly attitude towards George: Lennie's kindness and sacrifices are very clearly evoked during the scene near the pool, with the beans and the ketchup: "But I wouldn't eat none, George. I'd leave it all for you. This explicitly showed the sacrifices Lennie did for George. As Lennie did sacrifices for George, George did for Lennie: he promised Aunt Clara before her death to take care upon Lennie, when he could live much easier if he was not here: "when I think about the swell time I could...