Of Mice and Men - Show How Friendship Is a Central Theme in of Mice and Men

The novel Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck is set in California during the time of the Depression in the 1930s. It opens with two men, George Milton and Lennie Small walking to a nearby ranch where there are harvesting jobs available. George leads the way as Lennie is a simple minded giant and does not understand much, so George makes all the decisions

These men have a special friendship that is a unique and unusual one. George protects Lennie and won’t let any harm come to him and Lennie depends on him to do this . If Lennie didn’t have George to help him Lennie would be locked up in an asylum, so George tries his hardest to stop this from happening, after what happened in Weed and tells him what to do if he gets into trouble
“Lennie - if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you done before, I want you to come right here an’ hide in the brush … Hide in the brush till I come for you.”
He will make sure this is stuck in Lennie’s head so that he doesn’t forget, as his memory isn’t perfect.

George and Lennie are not alone whereas the rest of the men on the ranch they work at are. Their friendship is realised in chapter 1 George is talking to Lennie by the pool
“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place ….. But not us ! An’ why ? Because … because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.”
This shows their closeness and how they have each other and they have someone to take care of them.

George and Lennie have this dream and it means the world to them. When they’re feeling down they will think about this dream and think of how happy they’re going to be. You are first told about this dream in chapter 1 also by the pool.
“ O.K Someday – we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres and a cow and some pigs and…” ‘An’ live off the fatta the lan’ “ We’ll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit-hunch...