In the novel

In the novel, “Of Mice and Men,” written by John Steinbeck, he mainly focuses on George and Lennie, as their friendship was uncommon amongst the other characters. Steinbeck describes their relationship as George being the “parent and leader,” and as Lennie being a “child and follower.” Despite Lennie’s flaws, 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 abandoned 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.