How do others in the novel react to the friendship shared between George and Lennie?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that nearly all of the characters in the novel are struck by the uniqueness of the friendship shared between George and Lennie.  In a setting where there is so much in way of individualism and a lack of solidarity with one another, the enduring quality of friendship between George and Lennie leaves an impression on different characters.  Slim speaks to this in how he recognizes George's looking out for Lennie is uniquely different than the experiences of others.  Candy is struck with a desire to join such solidarity for in seeing the friendship between Lennie and George, Candy wishes to be a part of such an association.  Crooks is reminded of the pain of loneliness in seeing George and Lennie, and the devotion that the latter has to the former.  In his discussion with Lennie, it is evident that Crooks wishes for the same type of companionship that is shared between the two of them.  Curley's wife is also struck by this association.  She recognizes that in both George and Lennie's friendship something of her own life is revealed in that she craves for "someone to talk to."  It is in this revelation that so many of the characters in Steinbeck's work live in isolation from real human contact and thus are struck in a profound manner by the friendship of George and Lennie.

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