Annotated Bibliography

Thesis:
All human beings develop relationships with others because those relationships fill particular needs. Those needs may be physical, economic, psychological, or social. In ?Of Mice and Men,? John Steinbeck utilizes his prevailing themes of friendship and loneliness, through his deep characterization and interconnection between George and Lenny.

Pope, Tara Parker. "What Are Friends For? A Longer Life." The New York Times.
The New York Times, 20 Apr. 2009. Web. 10 Feb. 2011. <http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/21/health/21well.html>.
Friendship equals happiness, and happiness equals the joy of living. ?A 10-year Australian study found that older people with a large circle of friends were 22 percent less likely to die during the study period than those with fewer friends.? Friends are a huge influence in one?s life, and there is good influence and bad influence. Friends make your life better in many ways; they make you feel better when you?re sad, they give you advice, they prolong life, and tons more. ?People with stronger friendship networks feel like there is someone they can turn to.? ?The consistent message of these studies is that friends make your life better.? This source will help connect the reasons George and Lenny stayed friends throughout the novel. By citing the examples of friendship, the moral attributes of George and Lenny will be evident.



Determinants of Friendship Choices in Multiethnic Society
Eric Fong and Wsevolod W. Isajiw Sociological Forum Vol. 15, No. 2 (Jun., 2000), pp. 249-271. A look at some of the determinants of friendship. ?participation in ethnic business tends to substantially lower chances of developing friendship with the majority group? ?individual socioeconomic characteristics strongly affects co ethnic friendship? ?previous experiences of friendship with the majority group are related to the level of friendship ties with the majority group? ?neighborhood qualities do not related to friendship choices of minority groups.? Now days the world has become more diverse, people of different race are friends with each other, unlike 50-60 years ago where everything was segregated.? relationships among racial and ethnic groups increase the level of racial tolerance? Friendship?s shouldn?t be affected by race, religion, or race.

Bissell, Ronald D. "Friendship." AuthorsDen.com. InnerVoice.com, 13 July 2002.
Web. 10 Feb. 2011. <http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewArticle.asp?id=6194>.
A look at issues in the field of friendship. Examined are such questions as, ?Are they true friends?? ?Is their friendship from the heart?? ?How many people do you truly see as friends? ? Friendship brings light into your world for it gives you the missing link to your soul. It provides a passageway from one heart to another and allows the transference of peace and solitude. ?Friendship is more than just being friends. It is a connection deep within the spiritual soul that is an unearned gift of love.? The author, a respected Doctor, discusses many of the questions people should ask themselves, to figure out how strong their friendship is.

Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin, 1993.
Print. In the book?s center is the theme of friendship. George Milton is a small and smart, and his friend Lenny Small is a large man with mild retardation. Despite George's impatience and annoyance with Lenny, and his remarks about how easy his life would be without him, he still believes that, ?Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place....With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us." This classic novel (first published in 1937) contains several themes: Loneliness of the traveling worker, Loneliness at home, Alienation from nature, "The Rabbits" (Lenny?s had a dream that one day he would have his own rabbit farm), Social acceptance, and Friendship between two good people (George and Lenny). The paper will focus on the outcomes that can be applied to friendship between people and how important it is. The novel can be used to teach those who take friendships for granted, and fight over little things.