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Discuss The Theme of Loneliness and isolation In Of Mice And Men.

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Discuss The Theme of Loneliness and isolation In Of Mice And Men John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California in 1902. His most famous books were written in the 1930s to the 1940s, and are set in California. Many of the characters in his books are immigrants from Mexico or from other parts of the United States who went to California looking for work or a better life. This better life was called 'The American Dream'. The American Dream was associated mostly with people who thought they could get their own house, farm with animals on it living on their land. I will be writing an essay from Steinbeck's book, 'Of Mice and Men'. 'Of Mice and Men' is set in the farmland of the Salinas valley where John Steinbeck was born and which he knew all his life. The main theme that runs through this book is the theme of loneliness and isolation, focusing on the characters: George, Lennie, Candy, Crooks, Curley and Curley's wife. George and Lennie, start work at a ranch in Northern California, having left their previous jobs in a hurry, following accusations of attempted rape against the larger of the two men, Lennie. George and lennie experience loneliness in a different way to the rest of the main characters, because George and lennie have each other but still manage to maintain the theme of loneliness through out the whole novel. George is a normal civilized man just like the other ranch hands, but lennie is different he is a grown man but with a child trapped inside him quote, 'I like beans with ketchup.' ...read more.

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Candy tries to let the subject drop, "I'm so used to him" and "he was the best damn sheepdog I ever seen." Candy is overpowered in the battle and his dog is shot and he reacts very still and peaceful, quote, "then he rolled slowly over and faced the wall and lay silent." Candy then thinks there is no meaning for him being alive when his only companion dies. His life soon changes when he overhears George and Lennie talking about their dream of earning money, and getting their own house and living on the fat (wealth) of the land. Candy then decides to offer money to George and Lennie to help buy the property they want, and he has his reasons, quote, "I ain't got no relatives nor nothing." Candy knows his future leads to more loneliness and then death, "They'll can me purty soon...I won't have no place to go to." George and Lennie invite Candy into the dream as he has become enchanted, passionate about the dream and it also seems like it's going to happen. When Crooks sneers at the idea of owning their own place, Candy's answer shows how relieved he is that he has found new friends and the end to loneliness has began, "We gonna do it...Me and Lennie and George." The friendship means so much to Candy that when Curley's wife insults him, Crooks and Lennie, he answers back reassured of what his saying, "We got fren's, that's what we got." ...read more.

Conclusion

When Curley's wife dies Curley goes after Lennie to kill him not because Lennie killed his wife but because Lennie broke his arm, "No I have to kill Lennie for what he did to my arm." As kind as George is he runs out to find Lennie taking Carlson's luger pistol 50 that Lennie can die peacefully not getting brutally tortured by Curley. When George finds Lennie, he distracts Lennie's attention, and shoots him in the back of the head. It was a hard decision between Crooks and Curley's wife but in my opinion Crooks is the most loneliest and isolated character in the whole novel and Curley's wife is the most isolated character in the whole novel. Why I believe Crooks is the most loneliest and isolated character is because he is the only coloured man on the ranch, and coloured people weren't treated equally to non coloured people which also brings up Crooks problem of having to spend nights after nights alone in a small room with nobody but his own shadow. As he was separated from the rest of the ranchmen as he was looked down at but luckily he got to talk to three people who all played vital roles in the novel. Throughout the whole novel I learnt that loneliness was a big thing however amazingly the majority of the people who suffered from it the most in the novel tried to conceal it or overpower it but as we see close to the end the loneliness becomes too intense that dreadful events occur. Faith Nikobari GCSE Assignment-Key Stage 4 10IA/100 ...read more.

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