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Tyler Wells
Nov. 5th
Vows Made In Storms: Analysis of Of Mice and Men
From Kahlil Gibran: “Forever, friendship is a sweet gentle responsibility , never is one
kind of chance.” George in Of Mice and Men, a novel by John Steinbeck, represents exactly the s
ame faithful friendship and sincere carefulness. Living in the years of Great Depression, George i
s a worker whose lifelong dream is to have his own farm. Being extremely poor and lonely, Geor
ge chooses to travel with Lennie, a huge, dumb man who has been taken care of by George after
the death of Lennie’s aunt. Although Lennie isn’t intellectual and is always a trouble maker, Geor
ge never abandons him. The moral responsibility is showed through each move he takes when
dealing with Lennie. Their bound illustrates the theme that, the loyalty a man could be on taking
care of his companion and the friendship between two men could be invaluable and deeply touchi
At the beginning, George, along with Lennie, has to leave their former workplace since L
ennie gets him into trouble again. While walking on the twinkling water, we have the first chance
to sight how George and Lennie get along with each other. Lennie, due to his insufficient intellige
nce, keeps holding a died mouse in his hand. George becomes pissed after finding out and throw
Lennie’s mouse away. Generally speaking, it’s hard to not to be outraged by someone like Lennie.
George, for sure, takes no exception. He says hurtful words and let himself get pissed off. “I got
you! You can’t keep a job and you lose me ever’ job I get. Jus’ keep me shovin’ all over the
country all the time. An’ that ain’t the worst. You get in trouble. You do bad things and I got to get
you out.” (Steinbeck 25) George does complain about Lennie getting them into trouble. However,
it is the determination of never stop looking after Lennie that makes George different from other


Lennie—if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before. To protect him from humiliation and further harm. without each other. George. because I got you to look after me. Don’t let him do it. The same moment h 2 . I want you to come right here an’ hide in the brush… Hide in the brush till I come for you. Can you remember that?” (Steinbeck 33) He also tells Lennie not to say a single word when being asked. George and Lennie are like two poor workers who dream about their unique future when lying by the side of the river. George turns to Lennie: “It ain’t your fault. chaotic world. . Maybe you better go in the washroom an’ clean up your face. George pr otects Lennie from getting himself hurt. considering his dumbness. It’s touching to see how George tolerates Lennie’s ignorance and immat ure when he says “Sure.” (Steinbeck 103) He comforts Lennie not only for him being a resp onsibility left to take over. You done jus’ what I tol’ you to. Lennie. and you got me to look after you. . George continues to teach Lennie how to survi ve in this cruel world. they would be loners who are discarded by the cruel. Afterwards. thu s has to face the situation that Lennie has put himself in excruciating danger of being lynched by f urious Curley. ‘Get him. alone but together. “ ’Course you did.people.” (Steinbeck 29) What Lennie says is the exactly thing that George never gives up doing—taking care of Lennie. Moreover. “But not us! An’ why? Because . “George was on his feet yelling. There are more potential hazards in the ranch where they just find the jobs. look. After the fight. You look like hell. and that’s why. when Lennie accidentally killed Curley wife by busting her neck. since Lennie’s way too dumb and innocent to protect himself. Well.” (Steinbeck 103) in answer to Lennie’s f earful asks. Lennie!” while others keep silent. you ain’t doing nothing wrong. you don’t need to be scairt no more.’” (Steinbeck 100) He protects Lennie by shouting “Get ’im. On the way finding new jobs in the ranch. George’s being exceedingly p rotective is disclosed when Lennie is beaten by Curley. as a result. but for the profound friendliness and love a man could give to another out of loyalty as well. George finds Lennie before Cur ley and then shoots him with great determination as well as profound agony.

When Crooks asked Lennie to make a suppose that George’s dead. we see how two indigent workers co uld be united in the frugal world. He ain’t gonna be mean. (Steinbeck 160) Before Lennie is dead. He’ll be back all right. the trust and care that b uried deeply between them reaches a climax: “Sure. At that point.” And George raised the gun and steadied it. He’s all right. 3 . Lennie’s cautious dependency toward George until the last. he asked George “You ain’t gonna leave me. Lennie becomes dangerou s when Crooks only assumes George’s leaving. however. for sure.” (Steinbeck 112) Being timid and sacred for almost whole life. he deeply believes that George would never d ump him no matter what happens. being the combination of moral responsibility and friendship. I gotta. He’s nice to me. would never ever let Lennie down. I’ve knew George since—I forget when—and he ain’t never raised his han’ to me with a stick.” (Steinbeck 155) George. and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie’s head. Lennie jarred.e realizes that his dream with Lennie no longer exists. In the relationship between George and Lennie. George won’t do nothing like that. for being a poor loner with intimate compa nion dead. I know George wun’t do that. The hand shook violently. Lennie became furious: “George ain’t hurt. He pulled the trigger.” (Steinbeck 154) In the end where George finds Lennie in the brush as he’s told to. but his face set and his hand steadied. are ya.” (Steinbeck 112) Moreover. and he lay without quivering. George’s not the only one who i s worthing mentioning. and then settled slowly forward to the sand. just the same like Geogre’s unchanged accompany throughout the whole story. The sincerity and loyalty that George keeps representing can als o be revealed in Lennie’s quotes: “He ain’t neither. “George wun’t go away and leave me. George? I know you ain’t. We gotta. right now. The crash of the shot rolled up the hills and rolled down again.

S. and how friendship and responsibility enable them to be alone but together. Works Cited Steinbeck. London: Penguin Group UK. (2009) Of mice and men. we could see how they are united. George never abandon his companion a lthough he isn’t intellectual. (Steinbeck and Shillinglaw. For the first time and last. and Shillinglaw.Steinbeck uses George to reveal one of the most glorious characteristics found in humanit y: loyalty and love for a friend. By retrospecting their steps through the America during the thirties. J. 2009) 4 .

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