JACQUES DELILLE, Malheur at Pitié (Canto I)
Friendship is one of life’s greatest gifts. Friendship is being there for someone when they need it and always having their back. Friendship is also something taken for granted. It is the feeling of safety and a sense of belonging. True friendships are not easy and hard to find. In the novel Of Mice of Men, John Steinbeck describes the difficulty of friendship owing to unsuccessful and stressful ranch life. However, George and Lennie trump these hardships because they have a special bond that is never broken. Steinbeck exemplifies that friendships can be complicated, entail loneliness, and require mutual trust.
Maintaining friendships is a complicated and difficult task. Friendships are not meant to be easy and sometimes are confusing, but communication is a key aspect in solving problems. Steinbeck portrays the protagonists George and Lennie as two friends who stick together. George is a harsh but smart guy and controls the friendship. Lennie is very burly but has a soft personality and is often bullied by George. When they argue, which happens frequently, Lennie sometimes offers to leave George not as a rejection, but as a type of sacrifice, ‘“If you don’ want me I can go off in the hills an’ find a cave. I can go away any time.’ ‘No-look! I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie. ‘Cause I want you to stay with me. Trouble with mice is you always kill ‘em.’” (Steinbeck 13). George sometimes takes things too far with Lennie and does not realize it. At the same time, Lennie often gets carried away with his emotions, but in the end George never means to hurt Lennie. In fact, he always apologizes and reassures Lennie that he wants him to stay. However, George can be a controller. He always has to have his way because he feels that Lennie is not capable of making rational, wise decisions. With Lennie, nothing can be perfect because he is a liability and always makes mistakes. Before an interview at a farm, George...
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