Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

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  • Steinbeck the author of "Of Mice and Men" shows how much one needs companionship. 
  • "I ain't sure it's good water," George said. "Looks kinda scummy."(pg.3)
  • "We just come in," "S'pose he don't want to talk?" We travel together," "Yeah, it's that way." "He can talk if he wants to tell you anything." 
  • Companionship ship is shown in "Of Mice and Men as he tells the reader that one needs a good friendship.  
  • "You the new guys the old man was waitin' for?" "Let the big guy talk." "By Christ, he's gotta talk when he's spoke to. What the hell are you gettin' into it for?" "Oh, so it's that way." "An' you won't let the big guy talk, is that it?"
  • Steinbeck explains a lot in the story that friendship has a huge impact on one's life
  • "What you want?" "Sure. You ain't done nothing wrong." Well, get the hell out and wash your face."
  • "George" "I can still tend the rabbits, George?" "I di'nt mean no harm, George."
  • One way that Steinbeck shows this companionship is with the characters Lennie and George. This scene is showing that George is trying to help Lennie's health by telling him it's scummy water.
  • In chapter five of Steinbeck's amazing story he shows how much friendship means and what you would say or do to help a friend
  • "You're comin' with us, fella." "Don't shoot 'im" Curley cried.
  • "Yeah," "I'll come. But listen, Curley. The poor bastard's nuts. Don't shot 'im. He di'nt know what he was doin'."
  • This conversation that Steinbeck uses between George and Curley on page 25 shows that George is willing to stick up for Lennie so he doesn't look dumb. Which shows compassion for his friend Lennie.  
  • Towards the end of the story Lennie needs his friend more than ever 
  • "No", "No, Lennie. I ain't mad. I never been mad, an' I ain't now. That's a thing i want ya to know". (pg.106)
  • This scene in chapter 3 page 65 projects the idea of friendship because this is right after Lennie hurts Curley. George 
  • The way that this is an example of friendship or companionship is George although he has said multiple times in this book that he would be better without Lennie. He still decides to protect him by trying to prevent Lennie dying. Quotes on page 98.
  • As this quote shows, George is being as nice to Lennie as he is about to put him out of his "suffering". Also showing that he's the best-friend Lennie can have.
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