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Describe an important theme dealt with in the text.Explain why this theme is important. The theme of loneliness is a very important theme

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Novel Essay Author: John Steinbeck Novel: of Mice and men Question: Describe an important theme dealt with in the text. Explain why this theme is important. The theme of loneliness is a very important theme dealt within the novel 'of mice and men' by John Steinbeck. Loneliness affects most of the characters throughout the novel. Candy is lonely as he feels separated from the rest of the younger hands at the ranch. Curley's wife is lonely as she is the only female at the farm and Crooks is lonely because of his skin colour. They learn to cope with their loneliness through their interest in Lennie and George's dream. ...read more.


All she wanted was someone to talk and be able to converse with. In addition, Candy is an isolated and disabled man who feels lonely while staying with the younger workers at the ranch. This suggests the idea of candy being an unproductive citizen. The workers feel the same way about Candy, as they feel about his dog: "He ain't no good to you and he ain't no good to himself..." Carlson's speech about the old dog actually represents the fact that Candy is also 'no good', to others and to himself. This reinforces the idea of Candy being an unproductive citizen. Once the ancient dog is put to rest, Candy is left alone in the world. ...read more.


Crooks also offers to join the dream with George and Lennie to escape from his cruelty and loneliness. He later changes his mind because he believes that dreams never come true. To conclude, the theme of loneliness is very important in the novel. Some of the reasons of loneliness includes: being lonely because of age, discrimination against gender and being the victim of racial prejudice. Each of the characters affected by loneliness, try to cope with it, by becoming involved or aware of the dream. The fact that Curley's wife, Candy and Crooks are all 'invaders' in the farm, also adds to there loneliness. Loneliness is or will affect everyone so we should always be prepared. WORDS: 620 ?? ?? ?? ?? (c)nishaal prasad 2005, all rights reserved ...read more.

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