I believe he does, since he loves him, but what other reasons show that George needs Lennie?
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George really doesn't need Lennie, although he does love him and values his companionship. George has always been capable of hard work and making friends a long the way. In fact, George himself often notes how different his life would have been without Lennie. None-the-less, he did love him..... that's a fact, but he didn't need him.
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