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Of Mice and Men - 'I got you and you got me.' What do you think George and Lennie gain from having each other?

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Of Mice and Men Essay: 'I got you and you got me.' What do you think George and Lennie gain from having each other? George, a "small" and tempered man, and Lennie, a "huge" man that is retarded, travel together throughout the country. They appear to be lucky because they have each other in such a crucial and hard period as the Great Depression, that forces men to travel alone in search for a job. Their friendship, though, seems quite odd, and many wonder why they are together. Lennie offers George his companionship, which is one of the main themes of the novel as it is highlighted throughout. George has someone to talk to although Lennie may forget or not understand what he is telling him and so "a guy can talk to [him] an' be sure [he] won't go blabbin," but "it don't make no difference," as long as they are talking. Although George sometimes says that "if [he] was alone [he] could live so easy" and "could get a job an' not have no mess," he does not mean it as "a guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody." ...read more.

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And that he will get him a "pup" that he could "pet harder." Furthermore George gains a sense of responsibility through his relationship with Lennie. He orders Lennie, takes care of him, advises him and is responsible for his life. This adds to his confidence. It makes him more mature as well. This is demonstrated, when George tells Slim that before he used to have fun, by showing to others how Lennie did whatever he ordered him to do, and how he nearly caused Lennie to drown, and that from that day on, he never again mocked Lennie for his problem. Additionally, Lennie makes George more optimistic and hopeful, and adds meaning to his life, by keeping the "dream" alive. Lennie mentions the American dream so many times to George and asks him to repeat it, that is stops being a dream, but their goal, especially when Candy is willing to give money to fulfill the dream. "He usta like to hear it so much I got thinking maybe we would." It becomes the incentive to work and save money. ...read more.

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This suggests that Lennie is unable to look after himself and needs George to do so. In addition George tries to provide him with a normal life, and as much freedom as possible, since Lennie would have been institutionalized if it were not for George. Lastly, when Lennie breaks Curleys hand, he cries, "I didn't wanta hurt him," and George comforts him by telling him that "It ain't [his] fault" and that "[He] don't need to be scairt no more." In this way he calms him down. This illustrates the psychological support that Lennie gains from George. Despite the fact that their friendship appears to be quite odd, we find out that there are many solid reasons why they are together, the main one being companionship. They both depend on each other to survive in that crucial period, and thus find a loyal companion in each other, when the rest of the people are lonely. In the end, George shoots Lennie, so that he does not suffer in Curleys hands. This conveys the love between them, and the sacrifice George has to take in order for Lennie to die a happy death. ...read more.

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