What are the characteristics of a true friendship?
Aw, Lennie! I ain't takin' it away jus' for meaness. That mouse ain't fresh...
What is an individual's duty to others?
I think your hand got caught in a machine. If you don't tell nobody what happened, we ain't going to.
What is empathy? Is it an important characteristic?
I'd make a will an' leave my share to you guys in case I kick the can.
In the scene when George takes Lennies's mouse away, which Steinbeck uses to answer the essential question by showing us how George does care for Lennie, and does want him to get an illness from the mouse. Caring is a characteristic of friendship. The author wants us to understand that friendship can have misunderstandings.
In this scene, Lennie breaks Curly's hand due to a misunderstanding which forces Slim to step up and create a lie to benefit everyone , which Steinbeck uses to answers the essential question by showing us that an individuals duty to others should benefit everyone, as shown in this scene. The author wants us to understand that friendship can help you even in a dire situation.
In this scene, George allows Candy to share his and Lennie's dream of buys there own land, which Steinbeck uses to answers the essential question by showing us that empathy can be shown by anyone, including the protective George. The author wants us to understand that friendship is often better if you let other into your life.