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Choose 3 characters, discuss in detail and consider why they are lonely. You need to pick the appropriate quotes to back up your points.

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Introduction

Choose 3 characters, discuss in detail and consider why they are lonely. You need to pick the appropriate quotes to back up your points. Of Mice and Men is set during the US Depression. It's about two workers called George Milton and Lennie Small who start work in a ranch in California after leaving their past job because of allegations of rape due to Lennie's mental immaturity. Lennie likes to stroke 'nice things' and therefore grabbed a girl's dress to feel it, then wouldn't let go thus accused of rape towards the girl. George and Lennie's relationship is a strange one. George is a small man, intelligent and shows self confidence. Lennie is a big man, strong, clumsy and child like. George and Lennie have a dream, a dream to own their own land and escape from poverty and most of all loneliness of a worker and for Lennie to 'tend the rabbits'. During the course of the story, the oldest ranch hand, Candy, joins George and Lennie in the dream of owning their own piece of land. This unusual relationship brings suspicions to the table amongst the other ranch hands, especially Curley, the boss's son. ...read more.

Middle

He has worked on the ranch all his working life. He lost his hand in an accident on the ranch. It was due to his hand being caught in a machine which as a result left him with money. Candy suffered from loneliness and that loneliness was further reinforced when his dog was shot due to it being old and stinking out anywhere it went. Candy is afraid of loosing this job because his age would mean he would not be able to find any more work or a place to live. This is his life, not just a job he could leave at any time he felt like it. Because of his age and disability, he has a feeling of uselessness "They'll call me purty soon". Candy thinks that nobody wants to be friends with him because of this disability. Eventually, he tries to find friendship by attempting to join the dream of George and Lennie. To try and get the friendship and to join the dream, Candy offers money to help buy the land which is buying his friendship showing how lonely he actually is. ...read more.

Conclusion

When George had to shoot Lennie, he felt terrible, because he had just shot his best friend, his lifetime companion, his only friend in the world. Because of this, he has to live the rest of his life, in guilt, alone and knowing that he killed his only friend. Human beings were made to live in society, thus all people are driven towards others, and is it a natural instinct to seek friendship and companionship. When they find it, they are the happiest people. The only downside to finding a friend is what happens when one of the friends is lost. This causes even more misery in the remaining friend, and forces the friend to start searching again, which is a hard process, because the person has taken the habit of his friend and being comfortable in his relationship, and opening towards others is harder. One of the most important lessons we learn in Of Mice and Men is that Friendship and human interaction are two very valuable things, and that having them is as much as a right as it is a privilege, that we much treasure as it keeps us away from loneliness. ?? ?? ?? ?? Josh Hancock 10S RA ...read more.

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