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What does Steinbeck say about friendship in Of Mice and Men? What types of friendship are present? What are some quotes that prove this? What would be a good thesis for this?

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As the previous educators have discussed, the most notable example of friendship in the novella is the one between George and Lennie and Steinbeck makes it clear that we all need friendship in our lives. However, Steinbeck presents friendship in a more negative light, too. The friendship between George and Lennie, for instance, ends in tragedy when George shoots Lennie to save him from the mob. In addition, Curley’s wife is so desirous of friendship in her life that it damages her reputation on the ranch and, more importantly, leads her to death in the barn with Lennie.

Perhaps, then, we could argue that Steinbeck views friendship as a necessary evil. On the one hand, friendship stops people from feeling empty and lonely, but, on the other hand, friendship can place people in dangerous situations. This idea could form the basis of a thesis statement about friendship in Of Mice and Men.

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Steinbeck presents friendship as an essential part of being human, especially for those on the bottom...

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