Of mice and men is a story about two men that go to work as ranch hands on ranches in Salinas, California. Although loneliness, dreams and inequality are major themes in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men the one that is most important is friendship. The main characters, Lennie and Georges friendship is one that’s not often seen. Though there are difficult obstacles, together they overcome it which makes them stronger as beings.
Lennie and George have known each other for a very long time and they have a great friendship. Lennie is a man who is mentally retarded, and George cares for Lennie, always and forever. They travel together from ranch to ranch trying to get money that they can save and buy a ranch with. In the beginning of the book it says, “They had walked in a single file down the path and even in the open one stayed behind the other.” (Page 2). This shows that they stay together even when walking. George is always looking out for Lennie. “’No look! I was jus' foolin Lennie cause I want you to stay with me.’” (Page 15). George and Lennie have a special friendship that most people can’t find. Although throughout the story, George often complains about how much better his life would be without Lennie there to always mess everything up, he also stresses how he wouldn’t change it for the world.
George and Lennie also have another good friend, Candy the “swamper”, person who sweeps and cleans up the barn. Candy is an old man who has been on the ranch for a long time with only one hand who's only good friend up until the last month was an old dog who died. Candy cares about Lennie enough to look for him. Candy also is good friends with George, “You god damn right were gonna do it. George says we are.