In "Of Mice and Men", why is the friendship between Lennie and George so special?

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surfpoetess | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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Lennie and George are co-dependent. Lennie is mentally-disabled and needs George to help him and look after him. George needs to feel special and important, which he achieves by being Lennie's guardian. Their dream is created together and is the product of their relationship. The negative/dependent aspects of their relationship create a desire in them for freedom (for George - his own place where he is the boss/ for Lennie - his own rabbits that he can pet whenever he wants).

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smileylol | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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yp2beers: u just copied the other answer...........fail........

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yo2beers | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Everyone needs someone to be friends with, and to have company. George and Lennie rely on each other. Lennie is mentally-disabled and needs George to help him and look after him and George needs to feel special and important, which he gets by being Lennie's guardian. Their dream is created together and is the glue of their relationship. Both George and Lennie see each other in their dream, George being his own boss, and Lennie tending the rabbits.  

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