Of Mice and Men - Friendship

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  • FRIENDSHIP
    • George and Slim
      • Understanding
        • 'Slim neither encourage nor discouraged him. He just sat back quiet and receptive'
          • Let's George say what he needs to
          • Different from Lennie in that he can understand and comprehend
        • 'I swear you hadda. Come with me'
          • After George shoots Lennie
          • Reassuring
          • Making sure that George is ok and reinforcing what he did.
            • Someone else agrees with what he did
      • Confidence
        • Trust each other with secrets that they won't tell.
          • Couldn't do this with Lennie
        • 'It was Slim's calm invitation to confidence'
          • Wants George to be able to say what he is feeling and not just look after Lennie
    • Lennie and Crooks
      • 'Lennie smiled helplessly in an attempt to make friends'
        • Doesn't understand he isn't allowed to talk to him
        • Treats him as an equal
        • Crook's initially suspicion of him is overcome by his innocence.
          • Takes advantage of this by being cruel as he is desperate for power
            • Found someone who is looked down on in society
      • 'Suddenly Lennie's eyes centred and grew quiet and mad'
        • Pushing him too far
        • Loyalty to George and the sudden snap of emotions foreshadows him killing Curley's Wife.
        • Quiet - beyond annoyed
          • Cannot find the words to describe how he feels
    • George and Lennie
      • 'I hardly never seen two guys travel together'
        • Unusual
        • Claims it is looking after cousin but really is for love
          • Tells boss he is the way he is as he was kicked by a horse but is to stop interrogation
        • George is Lennie's protector
        • George feels obliged to stay with him as doesn't want to be alone
      • 'Guys like us, that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world'
        • Move around a lot as itinerant workers
          • Don't have enough time to make relationships with people
        • Have each other
          • Makes them different from the rest
            • Gives us the impression that they are more likely to achieve the American Dream.
      • Leader and follower
        • 'Even in the open one stayed behind the other'
          • Lennie needs someone to look after him
            • Guide him
      • Loyalty and Compassion
        • Destroyed by the Great Depression
          • Foiled by Carlson who has lost all of the qualities as the great depression has taken them out of him
            • 'Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin' them two guys?'
              • Doen't understand
              • Being uncompassionate
          • 'I'd never be mad'
            • Whatever happens he will always do the best for Lennie
            • Always thinking about him and how he feels
              • Doesn't ask for anything in return.
    • Candy and his dog
      • Symbolic of each other
        • 'Got no teeth, he said. he's all stiff with rheumatism. He ain't no good for you
        • Both are old and are now little help
          • Both only being kept for sentimental by ''owner''
          • Shows what happens when you old you wish that you were dead as you are no use to anyone.
      • Foreshadowing
        • 'Right back of the head'
        • 'He brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie's head.'
          • 'Right back of the head'
          • Links to how Lennie is killed as they want to do the best for him.

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