Deep down inside everyone has a yearning for a companion. Someone to trust, someone to learn from and teach their customs to, most importantly someone to be there-- through the enjoyable and the unpleasant. In the book Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck shows this companionship. Lennie may need some extra attention and more patience, but that is no matter for George. Through the book the reader can conclude what a responsible leader George is to Lennie.
Lennie and George were walking though the woods as â€œ. One stayed behind the other,â€ The author claims (Steinbeck 2), as Lennie follows George each footstep at a time being very wary. â€œ.The follower was walking one step behinde.â€ (Steinbeck 3) Again, the author reclaims that one is behind the other; he names Lennie the follower. However, the leader is not the biggest man, in physical size. But, Lennie still follows every command and action that George requests. This proves that Lennie has a great respect for George and knows that George only means the best. â€œ â€˜Lennie! For god sakes don't drink so much. your gonna be sick like you was last night.â€™ â€ (Steinbeck 5) George hollered. Clearly he is always looking out for him, even over the diminutive things. He tries his hardest to keep him safe and out of trouble, but throughout the book, the reader can establish that it is impossible.â€œ â€˜Hide in the bush by the river, if you get in trouble. Hide till I come for you.â€™.â€ George says with concern (Steinbeck 58). It is hard to see sometimes how much George cares for Lennie by the way he is always yelling at him. However, he looks out for him and feels responsible for Lennie's actions, since they are together.
It is amazing how George never gives up on Lennie, and stays responsible for him throughout the long and troublesome times. Even when Lennie does the most careless actions, he is still there for him--guiding him in the right direction.