Going back to the “friendship” part of this discussion, I guess we all could say that friendship is something different to all of us. In “Mice and Men,” friendship portrays the reason, and necessity of sacrifices. George continuously sacrifices for Lennie. Lennie is a complete burden for George. However, that doesn’t stop George from looking after Lennie. On the other hand, we can also see it in a way where friendship is becoming a burden to George. At times, in the book we see that George is sick of Lennie, and he wishes to leave him behind. But he becomes accustomed to the belief that he needs to look after Lennie, and it’s his duty. Either way, George continuously sacrifices his time, and his peace for Lennie’s benefit, and that is friendship.
However, often friendship starts only because of gains. If both sides can earn something beneficial, friendship starts. The question is how true that friendship is. In MIce and Men, friend is all about devotion. But in real life, each of us approach friendship in a different way.
In true life, money, power and fame often comes in the way of friendship. We run for establishments more than running to find a true friend. Trust is often a rare element to find in a friendship of real life. The older we get, often, the weaker friendship becomes. People tend to focus on nothing but themselves. However, for those, who still manage to find good friends create a relationship like George and Lennie. The bond is unbreakable.
Of Mice and Men is a fantastic novel that shows how hard it was in the times of the Great Depression. The difference between Lennie and George compared to the migrant workers is that they had each other. In the novel, it shows how George takes care of Lennie who has a mental disability. Most of the migrant workers wanted to achieve the success of the American Dream that was different for every American. Lennie and George too wanted to the euphoria of achieving their American Dream. Lennie and George’s dream was to own a ranch and live off ... Read more →
Candy, for instance, is an aged and hunchbacked man who is thus relegated to a low place in the social hierarchy - he is a swamper. (In contrast, Slim , the most respected and impressive worker on the ranch, is described as "ageless.") Similarly to Candy, Crooks - named for his crooked back - works menial tasks. The relegation of these men to such unrewarding jobs may be cruel, Steinbeck suggests, but so is life. As long as they remain isolated and individualized (rather than collective, where they could find power in numbers), these "sub-par" people are treated disrespectfully.