Throughout the novel George is only trying to get the best for Lennie even up until his death proving George is a good friend.In the book Of Mice and Men, it is evident that the friendship between George and Lennie is strong.George calms Lennie by telling him `"But not us,' he said, `Because I got you an'-" (104).
The other ranchers don’t have anyone “that gives a hoot in hell” for them.
Slim says, “Ain’t many guys travel around together. Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” There is a lot of truth in this, because there was competition for jobs during the Great Depression.
The fact that companionship and hope are necessary to survive is well demonstrated by Lennie and George.
They have each other, which separates them from the other men.
Candy shows that companionship and hope are necessary to survive.
His best friend and lifelong companion were his sheep dog.He even says it himself; “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody.I tell ya a guy gets too lonely and he gets sick.” This is something that Crooks would know, because he doesn’t have any friends.George was smaller, but he was smart, friendly, and crafty, which George lacked.These characteristics paired together enabled them to find a job together and stay out of trouble, for the most part. Since had a job and were making money, they had a dream of one day buying a farm of their own.He grew up with him herding sheep when he was young. He didn’t have much hope because of his age, but because Candy had a friend, he could live happily.Unfortunately, not everybody was so tolerable to the “dragfooted sheep dog, gray of muzzle, and with pale, blind old eyes.” The dog smelled so Carlson shot it, taking away Candy’s companion. He was down in the dumps until he heard George and Lennie talk about the farm that they are going to own one day.When she yelled at Crooks, he “drew into himself.” After she’s done yelling at him, everyone leaves and he is back to being alone without hope.Crooks shows that hope and companionship are necessary to survive.George and Lennie teamed up instead of turning on one another.Lennie was big and strong, so he could do hard work.