Of Mice And Men Friendship Analysis

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Friendship: A Bright Star in a Dark Sky Ulysses S. Grant once said, “The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity”. In other words, a friendship that held through tough times is a friendship to be cherished. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, two friends, Lennie and George, are migrant workers trying to make a living during the Great Depression. George and Lennie reveal how friendship can help people through difficult times because it brings hope, support, and protection. Friendship can bring hope to a tough situation. In Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie have a dream of eventually owning land. George retells this dream to Lennie the day before they start work at the ranch. He says, “and we’re gonna have a little house and couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and-” (Steinbeck 14). If Lennie and George were not friends, this dream might not have existed, or have been as strong. The dream is as strong as it is because in their friendship,…show more content…
After meeting Curley, the boss’ son, George gives Lennie some advice. He says, “Look, Lennie. You try to keep away from [Curley], will you? Don’t never speak to him. If he comes in here you move clear to the other side of the room. Will you do that, Lennie?” (29) Lennie listens and agrees not to say a word to Curley (29). George’s advice was very useful and important. Lennie, following the advice, manages to not get in trouble with Curley until much later in the book. Even then, it was George who allowed him to fight Curley. Had Lennie not been friends with George, this advice would not have been given. He might have tried to talk to Curley without knowing the repercussions. The knowledge and advice from a friend can increase protection during a tough

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