Of Mice and Men Friendship

Aniga Barati
Mr. Berry
May 7, 2011
Of Mice and Men
Friendship, something everyone on the planet needs at one time or another in life. Without friendship, people cannot grow, learn to except differences and learn that not everything is just about them. Friendship is a friendly relation, or attachment, to a person, or between persons; affection arising from mutual esteem and good will. Friendship is all about trust, patience, understanding, listening, being there and most importantly, caring and love. It is like cooking a soup, without all the right ingredients, a soup will taste foul, or ruin a meal, just as a friendship will not allow you to grow, learn or experience things you need in life. Without any of that, a friendship cannot be or will not grow into a friendship to remember for a life. The novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck exhibits many forms of friendship. Lennie, George, Candy, and Slim show the most friendship in this novel, benefit from each other's companionship and help each other in the harder times of their life.
George's friendship is probably the most prevalent in the novel, directed at most of the characters on the ranch and mostly at Lennie. George always helps Lennie out in all situations, in health, safety, and mental stability. For example, when George and Lennie were walking to the ranch, Lennie stops at a dirty pond and drinks the water. “Lennie!” He said sharply. “Lennie, for gods sakes don’t drink so much”…”Lennie you gonna be sick like you was last night(3).” This quote shows that George cares for the well being of Lennie and doesn’t want Lennie to get sick and maybe become bedridden and die. He wants Lennie to be his friend and does not want to lose him. George told Slim about an incident where he almost lost Lennie because of his stubbornness, and was very regretful. He was in the bunk and was telling Slim about how he used to play tricks on Lennie. “I used to have a hell of a lot of fun with ‘im. Used to play jokes...