Of Mice And Men

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Steinbeck reflects this thought later on in the novel when George thinks about how his life could be so much easier if he didn’t have the burden of taking care of Lennie.

“If I was alone, I could live so easy.
I could go get a job and work no trouble.”

The author makes it evident that Lennie makes life harder for George as he always has to accommodate and find jobs for two.
The strength of the relationship between George and Lennie is pointed out in many key points of the novel. Steinbeck makes it apparent that at times George feels resentment about his role of Lennie’s carer. We can see that Lennie’s world revolves around George and that he is devoted to him unaware that his child’s mind is the cause for all the trouble they face.
A key incident, which shows the strength in George and Lennie’s friendship, is when they first start work at the farm.

“Funny how you an’ him string along together . . .
Hardly none of the guys travel around together . . .
It jus’ seems kinda funny a cuckoo like him and a smart little guy like you travellin’ together.”

Slim and the other workers find it rather odd that George and Lennie travel together as in the 1930’s, there was not much time for friendship and most itinerant workers just came and went by their selves as life was easier that way. However as Slim gets to know George and Lennie he soon realizes that their friendship is real and they really do care for each other.
Unlike Lennie, George does change as the story progresses. At the start of the novel, George seems to have a hardened sometimes gruff exterior but he has a soft side, which is shown, in his dreams of a haven where he can own his own land and protect Lennie from dangers.
A turning point for George’s character is revealed when the reader learns that he is capable of growth and change. This occurs during his conversation with Slim in which he admits that he used to abuse Lennie for his own amusement.

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