“Three Types of Friendship” — Excerpt from The Nicomachean Ethics
In the philosophical text “‘Three Types of Friendship’ — Excerpt from The Nicomachean Ethics,” Aristotle describes three types of friendship and their differences.
When and How to Pair: Have students read this text after reading Section 2, when Slim asks about George and Lennie’s relationship. George and Lennie aren’t really related as previously indicated, but George divulges that they travel together and help each other out, because he has the brains and Lennie has the brawn. Ask students to identify which of Aristotle’s three kinds of friendships describes the relationship that George and Lennie have? How much does Lennie and George’s relationship rely on utility to be successful as migrant laborers?