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George is a caring man despite his outward behavior and appearance After Lennies Aunt Clara died he agreed to watch after Lennie He stuck to his promise and was with Lennie up until he died George is driven by this promise and his desire for the simple life neither of these drives met any good however Lennie was so helpless in the face of the world and its dangers that he needed a character like George to enable him to survive Lennies friendship is very important to George it is one of Georges driving motivations George outlines their friendship early in the book with the following quote Guys like us that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world They got no family They dont belong no place With us it aint like that We got a future We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us We dont have to sit in no bar room blowin in our jack jus because we got no place else to go If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn But not us Steinbeck George and Lennie had something many of the other characters did not friendship The other characters problems mostly stemmed from loneliness and George could avoid many of these problems Another Quote showing a motivation behind Georges actions show how he wants the simple life Spose they was a carnival or a circus come to town or a ball game or any damn thing Old Candy nodded in appreciation of the idea Wed just go to her George said We wouldnt ask nobody if we could Jus say Well go to her an we would Jus milk the cow and sling some grain to the chickens an go to her Steinbeck When Candy offered up his life savings to help pay for Georges land George became very
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