“I you got me to look after you,

“I got you to look after me, and you got
me to look after you, and that’s why.” (Lennie said this page 7) this is
showing that when you have friendship you look after each other and make sure
no one is getting hurt. I think this quote is helping my theme because
friendship is all about having another person’s back. The friendship between
George and Lennie is important after Lennie’s aunt died George felt it was his
responsibility to take care of Lennie but it really wasn’t he chose to take
care of him. Friendship plays an important role in the novel “Of Mice and Men”
by John Steinbeck with the characters George and Lennie they are best friends.
Throughout their journey, they meet Curley and his wife who Lennie ends up
killing. Friendship is always having each other’s back and to trust one another
because if you don’t have friendship you are lonely and can lead to depression.

Lennie
and George have a tight friendship at the beginning of the story. For example,
when George and Lennie are talking about how they are going to buy a house and
Lennie will tend the rabbits ” Well, its ten acres,” said George. ” Got a little
win’mill. Got a little shack on it, an’a chicken run. Got kitchen, orchard,
cherries, apples, peaches, ‘cots, nuts, and a few berries. They’s a place for
alfalfa and plenty water to flood it. They’s a pig pen-” An’ rabbits, George.”
“No place for rabbits now, but I could easy build a few hutches and you could
feed alfalfa to the rabbits.” (Steinbeck PDF 27). This shows George and Lennie
have a tight friendship because they are talking about how they are going t
live after they get the money and after working on the ranch. This is important
because they are planning a future knowing where they are going to go instead
of just living in the moment they have a plan what they are going to do. Another
example is when George is trying to get him and Lennie a job on the ranch “No, he
ain’t , but he’s sure a hell of a good worker. Strong as a bull.” (Steinbeck
PDF 11). This shows that George cares about Lennie and is trying to help him
get a job instead of just leaving him without a home or money to live off. This
is important because if George never helped Lennie get the job he really
wouldn’t be a true friend and he would have let him fail. As you can see,
George and Lennie’s have a super good friendship at the beginning of the story.

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Towards
the end of the story George and Lennie lose their friendship. For example, when
Lennie killed Curley’s wife George went and found Lennie in the woods Lennie
asked George if he was mad and George said he wasn’t “No, Lennie. I ain’t mad.
I never been mad, an’ I ain’t now. That’s the thing I want ya to know”
(Steinbeck PDF 53). This shows that their friendship is starting to end because
George is now lying to Lennie and he usually does not do that. This is
important because when ever friends start to lie to each other the friendship
either gets harder or ends lying to each other is not good in a friendship and
in this situation, it’s not a good thing to do now. Another example is when
George kills Lennie “George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the
muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie’s head. The hand shook violently but
his face set his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger.” (Steinbeck PDF 53).
This shows, that George is tired now of taking care of Lennie and how he has to
keep running away from where he lives because of Lennie’s bad doings. This is
important because George is having to change is life because of Lennie. As a
result, George and Lennie’s relationship ends during the story.

Curley
and his wife does not have friendship. For example, when Curley’s wife is in
the barn talking to Lennie she says “Well, I ain’t told this to nobody before.
Maybe I oughten to. I don’ like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella.” (Steinbeck PDF
44). This shows that Curley is isn’t treating his wife with respect when she is
saying she doesn’t even like him. This is important because not a lot of women
had any rights in the 1930’s and her not even having a nice friendship with her
husband and can’t talk to anyone on the ranch would be hard. Another example is
when Curley’s wife is talking to the guys and she finds out that Lennie did
that to Curley’s hand “she turned to Lennie. “I’m glad you bust up Curley a
little bit. He got it comin’ to him. Sometimes I’d like to bust him myself.”
(Steinbeck PDF 40). This shows Curley’s wife isn’t really caring for Curley
saying she would like to hurt him herself at times. This is important because
when even his wife is feeling she cannot talk to anyone and she has to do it
secretly and also wants to hurt him at times could make it an unhealthy
relationship. As a result, Curley and his wife does not have a very good
friendship.

In
conclusion, this story is about friendship and how George and Lennie rely on
each other and how some people in the story have difficulties in having a close
friendship with another person. Friendship in this story can be about comfort
or even sacrifice you must sacrifice things you want to do for maybe doing
something another person wants or needs done. George and Lennie at the
beginning of the story are a strong example of friendship. All in all, this
book Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck is about friendship and many more things.