In the novel
In the novel, “Of Mice and Men,” written by John Steinbeck, his novella is mainly focused on George and Lennie, as their friendship was a rarity amongst the other characters. Steinbeck describes their relationship as George being the “leader and parent,” and as Lennie being a “follower and child.” Despite Lennie’s shortcomings, George is very reluctant to leave him as he promised Lennie’s aunt that he would look after him. However, on some occasions George has expressed his frustrations towards Lennie, as if he were to leave he “could live so easy,” and although George could have simply deserted Lennie, he chose to stay. This ultimately shows that even though George initially felt compelled to be Lennie’s friend, their relationship eventually became one of true companionship.