Unflinching Friendship in Of Mice & Men

There are many themes shown throughout the book, Of Mice and Men, but the most evident premise of the book was the unflinching friendship between Lennie and George.

Lennie and George are what some would call unbreakable friends. They would be justified in saying that, there is nothing that would tear these two apart. George is the smarter one of the pair, thus, he looks out for Lennie and takes care of him. George protects Lennie no matter what happens, “Well, that girl rabbits in an’ tells the law she been raped. The guys in Weed start a party out to lynch Lennie” (46). After the incident in Weed, George ran with Lennie and hid with him and in the process of this, he lost his job. George could have kept his job and paid no attention to Lennie and been a lot better off.  Without George, Lennie would have been lost a long time ago.

Lennie would always be that one to get into trouble, and George would always be the one to bail him out. George tries to teach Lennie to fight his own battles. “Gosh, she was purty” (35), Lennie would often say about Curly’s wife, and it eventually got him into trouble that George couldn’t get him out of. When Lennie saw something that he liked, he wanted it, and George couldn’t stop him from getting it. Lennie would often stare at Curly’s wife, not meaning any offence, he just thought she was purty. When ever Curly would see Lennie, he would get angry. Partly because of his hatred of people that are bigger than him, and because Lennie looked at his wife. “What the hell you laughin’ at?” (68). Curly said to Lennie, and in a few moments, Curly took a swing at Lennie. George would yell to Lennie, “Get um’ Lennie!” (69). But Lennie would just sit there and take the abuse. Get um’ Lennie! Get um’! George would repeat over and over until Lennie had enough violence and grabbed Curly’s fist and crushed it. The farm hands told everyone that Curly crushed his hand in a machine to cover it up. Even though George didn’t directly fight Lennies battle, he helped him in a way, to fight back.

They continued to work after the occurrence, but Curly’s wife knew that the story they told he was fictional. Later on she confronted Lennie when George was not around and attempted to talk to him and maybe arouse him. She sat beside him and he liked her smell, and the way she looked, and just like in Weed, he wanted it. “You let go!” (99). She cried when he grabbed her hair, she yelled and scared Lennie so he would not let go. He tried to quiet her and started to shake her. He finally ended up breaking her neck. Lennie ran out and hid in the bush that George had told him to and waited for him. Curly began a lynch to search Lennie, so George took him and ran away. George on his way out took Candy’s gun and Curly’s shotgun. They stopped near the Salinas River and George took out the gun and shot him. This may not seem like an act of friendship, but there wasn’t a lot more that he could do to help Lennie anymore.

George ended Lennies life maybe because he knew they would eventually find them and do worse to him. Or maybe he thought that Lennie could not be helped. Either way, George cared about Lennie and didn’t want to have to do it. George moved on, the friendship had to end, it was better for both of them.

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