Francisco Castro English 11 Mr. Woythaler/Mr. Lombardo February 27, 2010 In the novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck many topics come up throughout the story. Topics that are about bonds between two people and about people who are lonely. These controlling ideas are used to make different themes in the story. The novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck expresses themes of Friendship and Loneliness through various literary elements. The theme of a true friend that is always there when he rather is somewhere else is expressed through the use of characterization and conflict.
George is characterized as a serious, short tempered man but he has a strong bond with Lennie. He had always told a story with Lennie about a dream and while he was saying the story Lennie says, “But not us! An’ why? Because . . . because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after me and that’s why” (14). George always is angered by mistakes Lennie does and sometimes wishes he wasn’t with Lennie but he stays because he really needs him and Lennie needs him too. Lennie is characterized as a slow-witted friendly man.
Lennie is a loving person he is the nicest creature but he has a strength that he cannot control. He is so strong he can’t control it sometimes and it has caused Curley to break his hand and the death of Curley’s wife. He is slow-witted and needs George to guide him but sometimes he wants control so he likes to pet things and take control over them. Conflict is another literary device that helps develop the theme. The Conflict between Lennie and Curley when Lennie had killed Curley’s wife accidently showed the friendship between George and Lennie.
George decided to kill Lennie so that Lennie would die without knowing instead of being possibly tortured and dying with the knowledge of it. George told Lennie his story about their dream and shot him in the back of the head without knowing so Lennie died happily. George ironically saved his friend from being killed by killing him in order of making sure he doesn’t die with torture. This theme was made because of literary devices and can make more themes throughout the story. The theme