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A Lasting Friendship Of Mice And Men Berkshire/ English Essay

1579 words - 7 pages

Hannah Espinosa
Mrs. Kiczek
4th Period
3/14/18
A Lasting Friendship
“It jus’ seems kind of funny a cuckoo like him and a smart little guy like you travelin’
together” (39). Many people who have read John Steinbeck’s ​Of Mice and Men, ​most likely had
this same thought. Within the first few pages of the novella, many readers are able to recognize
that George and Lennie are complete opposites. Yet, somehow they managed to stay together.
People sometimes forget that the time period was during the Great Period and that many took
what they got and did not complain. Steinbeck wanted to show how the time period affected the
people and what they did to survive through it. For George and Lennie, having each other
allowed them to get through it. Not only did they travel together, but they were able to help each
other along the way. George and Lennie were able to stay together because of Lennie’s mental
disability, they gave each other companionship, and they were able to give each other hopes and
dreams.
In John Steinbeck’s ​Of Mice and Men, ​Lennie’s mental disability caused George to
sacrifice his whole life in order to take care of him. Lennie could not survive on his own because
he was unable to think for himself. He was always looking at George for guidance of what to do:
“Lennie was looking hopelessly to George for instructions. ‘An’n you won’t let the big guy talk,
is that it?’ ‘He can talk if he wants to tell you anything.’ He nodded slightly to Lennie. ‘We jus’
come in,’ said Lennie softly” (25/26). Even though George told Lennie before the interview to
not say anything at all, when the plans changed, Lennie did not know what to do. He was
specifically told to follow George’s instructions and that is what he did. It was not until George
had to hint to him that it was alright to speak. Many normal people would have picked up, that if
they did not say anything it would cause suspicion, so they would have spoken. Lennie though,
did not notice this and had to wait until George told tell him what to do. Since George helped
Lennie, they were able to get the jobs. George is not much, but because Lennie was so big and
they were together, they both got hired. Lennie got them the job, and George helped Lennie get
them. To follow that, Lennie could never remember anything. No matter what it was, he had a
hard time recalling everything, unless it was their dream: “‘I remember a lady used to give’em to
me-’... George scoffed. ‘Lady, huh? Don’t even remember who that lady was. That was your
own Aunt Clara’” (9). Lennie’s own family he could not even remember. She raised him when
he was a boy, until she died. Then George decided to take care of him because he knew that
Lennie could not survive on his own. Even though George could have had a better life, taking
care of Lennie made him feel important. He felt like he was needed and that he was so “God
damn smart alongside of him” (40). George may have gotten angry at times when Lennie could
not remember, but he...

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