Disney’s Finding Nemo & Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men

Disney’s ‘Finding Nemo’ and the novel Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck share a common theme which is friendship. In Disney’s ‘Finding Nemo’, Marlin is only able to find Nemo with the help and friendship of Dory and Nemo helps find his way back to the ocean with the help and friendship of his fellow tank members. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, friendship is shown through George and Lenny. 

Disney’s ‘Finding Nemo’ is an animated movie about a fish who is still new to being in the ocean and who constantly gets reminded by his dad, Marlin to be very careful. One day when Nemo swims too close to the surface of the ocean, he gets caught by a diver and brought back to land to be placed in a fish tank. This scares his dad so much and Marlin is going to do everything he can to help get his son back but he doesn’t do it alone. He meets another fish, Dory who even though has short-term memory loss is willing to help Marlin find his son. On their journey to rescue Nemo, they encounter many dangerous animals, such as sharks, jellyfish, and other creatures. This shows how important friendship was because Dory didn’t care what they had to face, she was just willing to help Marlin find his son.

In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, there is a very strong friendship between the characters George and Lennie. Lennie is very childlike and is looked over very carefully by George all the time. They travel together to California during the Great Depression in search to find work. Once they find a job on a ranch, Lennie finds a love for the owner’s daughter-in-law and that can threaten their jobs so George has to be extra careful with Lennie especially when their

boss is around because they both really need this job. Friendship is important to the novel because Lennie probably couldn’t do life without, George because he kept him out of trouble all the time and wanted only the best for him. George could have left Lennie behind and maybe gotten a better job and been just fine without Lennie but their friendship meant more to him than any of that ever could so he stuck right by Lennie’s side. In both the novel and the movie, friendship is the main theme and is shown greatly to the audience to show them that sometimes, throughout life, you cannot face certain obstacles by yourself and you are going to need to have a friend.