Although George says he would be better off without Lennie , that is simply his way of coping with the frustration of dealing with his friend's limitations and also a way of controlling him for his own good. In fact, as George knows, he would not be better off without...
Although George says he would be better off without Lennie, that is simply his way of coping with the frustration of dealing with his friend's limitations and also a way of controlling him for his own good. In fact, as George knows, he would not be better off without him. Early in the book, he says to Lennie, "repeating the words rhythmically as though he had said them many times before:"
"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world....
'With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn."
"But not us." Lennie broke in. "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."
At the end of the book, when Lennie says he thought George was mad at him for killing Curley's wife, George says,
No, Lennie. I ain't mad. I never been mad, an' I ain't now. That's a thing I want ya to know.
Evidence that life would be different for George with Lennie can be seen in the lives of the other men on the ranch. They are lonely. They perk up and long eagerly to be part of the plan when they hear George and Lennie talk about their dream of buying their own farm.
The rare good fortune of having a companion to care about and make plans with means that George has a degree of security, a person he trusts he can talk to, and hopes for a better future. These are all simple things, but they are elusive to the men who must wander from place to place seeking work. George might talk about wanting to blow his money at a cathouse or on drinking at a bar, but, in reality, that is the behavior of men who have no hope that tomorrow will be any better than today—nothing to plan for or dream of.
At the end of the novel, we feel for George's loss as realizes he must kill Lennie. It's hard for him (and horribly ironic) that he has to tell him about the dream of the farm just as he is doing the thing that he knows ensures the dream will never come true.