Steinbeck’s Quest For Friendship, Dreams, And Personality In Of Mice And Men

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Curly and Lennie, two men that traveled together everywhere they went. In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck describes friendship, dreams, and personality to describe Lennie and Curly adventures.
Steinbeck believed that friendship was important. Lennie knows that George will always have his back, although Lennie cannot protect George he feels like he can (Steinbeck 14). Even though George says, he does not want Lennie with him; he does not want to leave him by himself (Steinbeck 13). When Lennie and George first arrive to the ranch, the boss starts to ask them questions. George answers all of them even if they were asking Lennie. He knows that if Lennie talks, he might say what happened in Weed (Steinbeck 22). The boss, at the new farm, thinks that George only wants to take Lennie money. But George tells him that he only wants to take care of Lennie. The boss tells George that he had never seen two men traveling together like him and Lennie (Steinbeck 22).
George has to tell everyone that Lennie is his cousin to protect him. Even though George knows it is a lie he has to tell people that, so they don’t harm Lennie (Steinbeck 22). Curley the boss son tries to bother Lennie and George tries to defend Lennie from Curley (Steinbeck 26). George tells the swamper that Lennie has not done anything to provoke Curley to pick on him. Curley hates tall guys since he is a little guy, and he is not tall like them (Steinbeck 26). George warns Lennie to stay away from Curley; he knows that he will try to cause trouble. This is the only way he can protect him from doing something he will regret (Steinbeck 29). The only order that George gives Lennie to do if anything was to happen is hiding where they had planned. This way, if Lennie did something harmful he could hide where George told him to (Steinbeck 30).
George and Lennie friendship is strong and George is trying to protect Lennie in any way he can. Lennie knows that George cares for him and is always doing what George tells him (Steinbeck 30). So Lennie does not find any trouble, George tells him to stay away from Curley’s wife. She will only cause trouble and for Lennie to do something dumb (Steinbeck 32). George is always looking after Lennie and Lennie after George (Steinbeck 34). They both appreciate each other since they travel together and George knows that traveling with someone is better than alone (Steinbeck 35).
In the Of Mice and Men friendship barley exists, the only people that are considered as friends are Lennie and George. George is always bragging on Lennie, even if he is not smart but he can work extremely hard (Steinbeck 39). Slim, a guy that also works that the ranch, tells George that he does not know how a smart guy like him and dumb guy like Lennie are friends and have been traveling together (Steinbeck 39). Even though George cannot stand Lennie since he is dumb, he defends him from anyone that tries to insult him and treat him like he was crazy (Steinbeck 39). Lennie and George...

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