In this scene Slim is protecting Lennie by making Curley lie and say that Lennie didn't hurt his hand. This is a perfect example of a characteristic of friendship. The author wants us to understand that friendship is loyal.
I think you got your han' caught in a machine
What is an individuals duty to others?
In this scene Candy is offering George and Lennie money to help them with thier dream in having a ranch. Here Steinbeck answers the essential question by showing us that Candy is offering to help with their dream.The author wants us to see that friendship is being helpful.
Tha's three hundred an' fifty bucks
In this scene Slim is offering Candy a pup because of his dog dying. Steinbeck answers the question by having Slim feel empathy for Candy and offering a dog to make him feel better. The author wants us to understand that friendship is having empathy for one another and trying to make them feel better.
What is empahy? Is is an important characteristic?
Candy, you can have anyone of them pups if you want.