Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Relationships are essential in everybody's life. Having no real
friends makes life dull, dark and lonely. Loneliness is a big theme in
Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie are set apart from Slim, Crooks and
Candy. They have something unique a special bond with each other. Each
character influences, plays a role to the other characters.
Steinbeck's portrayal of the men's relationship seems minimal, but is
in fact monumental.
The setting of Mice and Men takes place on a ranch where George and
Lennie meet Slim, Candy, Crooks, Carlson, Curly and Curly's wife.
Although the story takes place over a three-day span, all the
characters make a relationship with one another. One relationship is
between George, Candy and Lennie. Candy a lonely man, is pressured
into having his dog shot he confides in George about his regret. In
return, George tells them of their dream. Now they have a bond, and
share a goal that is within grasp. Candy is a true friend he helps
during a crisis in a minute you come out and tell the guys about
her, and I'll come along and make like I never seen her. Will you do
that? So the guys won't think I was in on it? (104).
Slim is the wise rational person. He is quick thinker during trivial
and difficult situations. Slim and George build a friendship of trust,
George tells Slim the truth about Weed. Slim believes that Lennie
meant no harm. He is the only person who understands their friendship.
Slim is also the only male character that understands and consoles
George suffering. This is furthermore proof of the bond they share.
George and Lennie are a classic example of a distinctive bond. Their
relationship is based a parental one and friendship. George must take
Lennie by the hand during most...