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Consider the theme of loneliness in the novel Of Mice And Men - How does it affect the friendships and the relationships of the characters in the novel?

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Consider the theme of loneliness in the novel Of Mice And Men. How does it affect the friendships and the relationships of the characters in the novel? This essay will discuss the book Of Mice And Men and how the theme of loneliness is portrayed in the story. In this essay I will be writing about how loneliness affects the friendships and relationships of the characters in the novel. Of Mice And Men shows how different factors of life can cause loneliness in the hearts of others. The book is set in the 1930's in Soledad an area in California. Here is where most of the racial abuse and sexist behaviour was carried out. These come to be big influences in the characters lives and how the book foils out. George and Lennie are the central figures in the book and the life on the ranch changes dramatically due to their arrival. ...read more.

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His dream is slowly torn away from him when Lennie kills Curley's wife. "You an' me can get that little place, can't we, George?" Crooks is a great example of how loneliness is portrayed in Of Mice and Men. He is a black hunched backed worker that looks after the horses. The other workers over look him and they don't let him in the bunkhouse so he has his own shed to live in. This creates an incredibly lonely environment for Crooks, being left alone because of the colour of his skin. "Cause I'm black. They play cards in there, but I can't play cause I'm black." Crooks has a very nice past. He used to play with white children and he used to be really good friends with them. His father did not like it and he later realised why. He acts so bitter because he thinks he deserves more rights than he does at the moment, also because he has no one to talk to he is very lonely. ...read more.

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Lennie is a very kind, good-hearted man that just cannot control his strength. His loneliness brings him to the barn where he pets the puppy too hard. Curley's wife who is looking for someone to talk to meets him. They meet and get talking and that leads to her death. This creates much tension between Candy and George not knowing what to do. They are afraid of being left alone for the rest of their life. The death of Lennie was an affect of loneliness as he was forever being told to keep away from things and he was a little bit slower than the others. In this essay I have discussed the theme of loneliness in Of Mice and Men. This has affected the outcome of the book as it caused Curley's wife to be man slaughtered. Loneliness is being left alone and excluded from everyone else. In Of Mice and Men loneliness has been experienced due to race, sex and behaviour. Sherrick Chavda ...read more.

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