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What is ironic about the fact that Steinbeck puts so much emphasis on the relationship between George and Lennie?
George acts like he cares for Lennie, but he actually can't wait to be rid of him so life will be easier.
Lennie is afraid to death of George's short temper, yet he stays with him.
The story is not so much about George and Lennie as it is about what life was like for everyone in the 1930s.
It is George's love for Lennie that, in the end, will lead to his decision to kill him.
It will be revealed that George and Lennie really aren't that close, in spite of the way their relationship is portrayed.