In the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author shows how important friendship is and how much friendship is needed in a person’s life. The story follows George and Lennie during the Great Depression as they start work on a ranch south of Soledad, California, saving up money to buy a ranch of their own. Lennie is mentally disabled but is very strong and not aware of his own strength. On the other hand, George is small but smart. They both take care of each in ways that the other can not. For example, Lennie will defend George and will not let him get hurt. The meaning and purpose of friendship is shown by George and Lennie, Candy and his dog, and George and Slim.