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

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

George and Lennie's friendship is unique and special because they are close companions, traveling the country looking for employment as migrant workers. The majority of migrant workers are lonely individuals and do not have close relationships with other people. Most migrant workers live isolated lives and struggle to make ends meet on their own. In contrast, George and Lennie enjoy their close friendship and rely on each other for company and protection. While George makes the decisions and is considered the leader, Lennie provides George with much-needed company and amusement. Their contrasting personalities and abilities also balance their relationship. While George is smarter and more intelligent, Lennie is physically gifted and can lift more weight than most men combined. Lennie is also somebody whom George can trust. Both George and Lennie understand that each has the other's best interests in mind, and they both provide each other with hope for a better future. George and Lennie also continually discuss their dream of one day owning their own homestead, which allows them to briefly escape their harsh realities.

surfpoetess eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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).

smileylol | Student

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yo2beers | Student

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.