May 27, 2013
The Power of Friendship
Life is hard when you do not have any friends. Things happen and maybe you have a question to ask or need advice. A friend will sit down, listen to you, and even answer questions. If you have nobody to talk to, life gets lonely. Being alone is not fun. The books: Of Mice and Men and the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian both tell stories about friendship and loneliness. Keeping a best friend is not always easy but friendship makes life a little easier to deal with.
In the book Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck, the characters Lennie and George travel and work together. Lennie says, “Sure. Me an’ him goes ever’ place together” (Steinbeck 70). Friendship makes people feel good to know someone cares about them. For example, when Lennie ...view middle of the document...
I tell ya….I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick” (Steinbeck 73). Lennie gets mad at Crooks because Lennie needs George.
Many times friends depend on each other to feel stronger. Like when Arnold gets into a fight with Roger, he says, “I wish Rowdy was still my friend. I could have sent him after Rodger…...I realized how much of my self-worth, my sense of safety was based on Rowdy’s fists” (Alexie 67-68). When Arnold changed schools, Rowdy was hurt and real angry. “I mean, you have to love somebody that much to also hate them that much, too” (Alexie 191). “Best friends protect each other and even fight for each other, especially if one is weaker or not as smart. Arnold depended on Rowdy for protection. Friends do things together that they normally would not do alone. Like when Arnold talked about climbing the tallest tree on the reservation: “It wasn’t really open to debate. I had to climb the tree. Rowdy knew I had to climb the tree with him. I couldn’t back down. That wasn’t how are friendship worked” (Alexie 225). Two people who bond together trust each other and follow each other. Sometimes, best friends get into a lot of trouble doing crazy things because together, they feel powerful.
It is nice to have a lot of friends but finding and keeping a best friend takes a lot of work. Lennie, George, Arnold, and Rowdy all have a hard time making each other happy and they argue a lot. They expect more from each other than regular friends and they depend on each other more. Best friends are complicated. But, having a best friend is worth it because having a person to talk to makes life easier. People need friends because it is better to have someone than to have no one.
Alexie, Sherman. Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2007. Book.
Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and men. New York: Viking Penguin Inc, 1937.