"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck: Why do the two men stay together?

Essay by BritnyHigh School, 11th gradeA+, October 2006

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In some ways, Lennie and George are almost like mates. Like mates, they sometimes argue and get on each other's nerves, but no matter what, they are still friends until the end. Aside from that, George feels the need to make sure that Lennie is safe, in order to uphold Lennie's Aunt Clara's wishes. The quote taken from page 14 is an example of their friendship:"'...because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you...".

George is an average, hard workingman. He is a quick thinker and is often found getting his friend, Lennie out of trouble. Lennie, however, is always getting himself into some kind of predicament. His large size and his slight retardation doesn't help his problems, along with his love for soft things. Despite there differences they both have one thing that they can agree on. They both have a vision of one day owning their own ranch and being able to "...live

off the fatta the lan'."

To have a relationship with someone it is necessary that you have things in common, the ability to disagree with one and other, but still have a respectful understanding, and legitimately care for the person. The friendship between George and Lennie shows these qualities. Truly they are loyal friends, similar to two elderly people living their life in companionship. They both have something to offer to each other and are a perfect example of how opposites attract. George provides Lennie with insight on the world and someone that will appreciate him even though he is a little slow. Lennie gives George someone to talk to and to keep him on track. The most important thing they both give each other is something to live for. If Lennie had never met George,