In Of Mice and Men, explain how Lennie helps get George jobs and how George keeps Lennie out of "trouble." Explain how Candy and his dog help each other: they are both old, friendless, and no long able to do their jobs without a partner.

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Lennie and George have a unique friendship in John Steinbeck's celebrated novella Of Mice and Men . Although Lennie is mentally handicapped and has serious communication deficits, he is an extremely hard worker and his strength is impressive. Lennie's size and work ethic are attractive to most bosses, and...

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Lennie and George have a unique friendship in John Steinbeck's celebrated novella Of Mice and Men. Although Lennie is mentally handicapped and has serious communication deficits, he is an extremely hard worker and his strength is impressive. Lennie's size and work ethic are attractive to most bosses, and he can do the work of several men, which makes it easier for George to acquire jobs as a migrant worker. Despite Lennie's strength and work ethic, he could not function without George or stay out of trouble. George acts as Lennie's guardian and protector by giving him valuable advice, defending him against hostile individuals, and helping him articulate his feelings.

Similar to George and Lennie's friendship, Candy also has a unique relationship with his ancient dog. Candy is portrayed as a handicapped old man who is relatively useless on the farm and anticipates being let go. Similarly, Candy's dog is also old and close to death. Despite the useless nature of his dog, the animal provides Candy with much-needed companionship and company while Candy gives the dog food and affection. Tragically, Carlson petitions Slim to kill the old dog and ends up shooting it against Candy's will. The unfortunate fate of Candy's dog illustrates how vulnerable, helpless beings are treated in the hostile environment of the ranch, which is a microcosm of the United States during the Depression.

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