The Theme Of Friendship In John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men'

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pd: 7 Unbreakable Bond Friendship under Difficult Circumstances of Rural poverty during the Depression During the Dust Bowl, life was hard; families were torn apart, people were forced to move and most individuals were lonely. In his novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck takes his readers through a gloomy path in which two migrant workers, Lennie Small and George Milton, must stick together to make it through hardships and obstacles for a better life. Throughout the story, Steinbeck describes Lennie as an animal-like character through his use of characterization, imagery, and diction. In difficult times, friendship is what keeps two friends motivated and gives them hope. The two friends travel together from farm to farm to earn money for a couple of…show more content…
Often, Lennie does not know how to respond under a lot of pressure. He gets frightened and unable to think clearly which is why he constantly needs George around him to give him instructions. When Curley came into the bunk house, and was asking questions, he wanted “ the big guy”, Lennie to talk however “ Lennie was looking helplessly to George for instructions” (Steinbeck 25). Another time when Lennie and Curley were fighting, Lennie was too frightened to defend himself. When George told Lennie “Get him! Don’t let him do it” he reached for Curley’s swinging fist and Curley was on the floor the next minute (Steinbeck 62). Lennie’s innocence protects him in a way where he does not have to deal with the reality he has done, however it doesn’t protect the people around him. The animal-like characterization lessens the reader’s anger for Lennie in such incidents. Readers come into realization that without George, Lennie would get in so much trouble because of his innocence and
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