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Of Mice and Men (LONELINESS) In this essay I will be discussing how Steinbeck presents the theme of loneliness in the story Of Mice and Men. Of Mice and Men was written by John Steinbeck in 1937. The story was set in the 1930s during the great depression in America. The story is based on the characters of George and Lennie. During this time a lot of people were jobless and lost their savings too, and people had to travel very far away to get jobs, which was mostly on farm ranches. George and Lennie had a dream of owning their own little house and a few animals of their own. They found work in a ranch near Soledad. They meet different characters on the farm that all have a dream. Being lonely means to not have friends or friendship and to feel unwanted. Most of the characters are lonely and the only thing that keeps them lively is their dreams. Loneliness is portrayed in the following characters: Candy, an old man with only one hand, Crooks, a black cripple and Curley's Wife. She is lonely even though she is married. And also George and Lennie. ...read more.


She was Curley's possession. She likes to dress up and wear a lot of make up, to attract the men on the ranch, but they turned a blind eye to her, as they were afraid of what Curley would do. 'She had full rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red.' Her loneliness leads to the sad ending of the story, which is her being strangled mistakenly by Lennie. She confides in Lennie and tells him about her dreams of becoming a movie star. Steinbeck uses Lennie as a voice to the reader; it is because of him that the reader finds out about Curley's wife's dreams and feelings are. She is infatuated by her appearance; she wants the fame and glamour. 'Could been in the movies, an' had nice clothes - all them nice clothes like they were.' She appears to have given up her dreams as she married Curly. She feels as though her dreams have been shattered and that she can no longer achieve her goals. Thirdly I am going to talk about Candy. He is described as a nice man with one hand. His dog is his closest friend and he has no one else to play with. ...read more.


When they arrived at the ranch, both Slim and the boss were baffled at seeing George and Lennie travelling together. In fact the boss even thought that George had "a stake" in Lennie. Structure Steinbeck wrote the story so it would be a lot like a play. He made sure he used a lot of dialogue, and not a lot of description, and the action took place in only a few locations and ended in four days. The book opens and closes in the same location. The changes in the description of that setting show us just how much has changed in the lives of George and Lennie since the beginning of the story. Language and Style Steinbeck's style in the novel is direct. People talk throughout the story. They talk in the usual language of the ranch, there's lots of swearing, name calling, and slang. Steinbeck's language and style are normal and simple, his sentences are carefully constructed. Another aspect of Steinbeck's style is that he lets the story develop one step at a time. But Steinbeck lets each of these scenes start off slowly then builds quickly. We are kept in suspense all the time and looking forward to what is coming next. The story of mice and men teaches us that human beings needs friendship to survive. ?? ?? ?? ?? Barbara Yakuba English Coursework ...read more.

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