John Steinbeck uses the theme of friendship a lot. He shows how these friendships can be desperate and hard to keep going, and as a conclusion displays how they can easily be broken away.
1) P: Steinbeck portrays George and Lennie as a father and son.
E: This is shown in the line: "You never oughta drink water when it ain't running, Lennie,"
E: This suggests that George is his protector and gives him good advice on what to do, just like a father.
2) P: The reason why George and Lennie do not break out is because they are both dependant on another.
E: This is in the quote: "But not us! An' why? Because... because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why!"
E: This shows that Lennie needs George as he can't look after himself; he needs George to guide him and tell him what to do.
Again, George needs Lennie as he's scared of being alone and he needs him to get a job on the ranch. But, the most important thing is that although Lennie causes a lot of trouble, George would get awfully lonely.
3) P: Not only does friendship have to be between humans, but it can be with animals too. Candy and his dog have a very good relationship between each other.
E: This is portrayed in the line: "Well- hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup."
E: It shows that Candy does not want his best-friend to death as he had him right from the start. As you can see, they both have lots of similarities, for example, they are both smelly, crippled and on the verge of death. Candy has only his dog...