What are the characteristics of a true friendship?
I didn't want no trouble.
It ain't your fault. You don't need to be scairt no more. You done jus' what I tol' you to.
What is an individuals duties to others?
You'll let me hoe the garden even after I ain't no good at it.
We'll do her
What is empathy?
I didn't want no harm George I just wanted to pet um' a little.
In this scene, after Lennie beats up Curley, Steinbeck answers the essential question by showing their true friendship. George consoles Lennie and feels sorry for him yet also gives definite understanding. Meanwhile, Curley is looking at his crushed hand.
In this scene, where Candy joins in on George and Lennie's plan to buy some land and live happily, Steinbeck creates a feeling of George agreeing and giving his duty to Candy. The author wants us to understand that it's it something kind but expected almost of George to allow.
In this scene, Lennie wants his pup back from George. Out of empathy George gives the pup back. This shows us that George felt bad for Lennie which answers the essential question. This is an important characteristic that is often shown throughout the book.