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Explain how the novel "Of Mice and Men" By John Steinbeck deals with the themes of loneliness and dreams.

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Task: To explain how the novel "Of Mice and Men" By John Steinbeck deals with the themes of loneliness and dreams. In your answer you should refer closely to this text and to such techniques as character, setting, dialogue or any other appropriate technique. "Of Mice and Men" The novella "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck is a tragic story about two friends who have a dream. It deals with themes such as loneliness. This book is set in California at the time of the great depression. There are many themes conveyed throughout this novella, one being loneliness. A technique used is setting. Most of the book is set on a ranch in a quiet area with the nearest town, Soledad meaning loneliness in Spanish. One of the techniques used to convey loneliness is character. John Steinbeck also uses character to follow through the theme of loneliness. One character who is lonely is Curley's wife. ...read more.

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But we ain't like that because I got you to look after me and you got me to look after you." We know this is unusual because Slim says "Funny how you and him string along together". The boss is also suspicious that George may be exploiting Lennie "I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy". I think that from George and Lennie's friendship, Lennie gains someone to look after him and George (even though he always complains about Lennie) seems to get a purpose in his life. They have each other to talk to so they can never get lonely. Several characters in the novel have dreams. This is another main theme in the book. George and Lennie's dream is to own a little farm with animals and "live off the fatta the lan' ". Lennie especially wants to keep rabbits and throughout George keeps promising that Lennie will get to own rabbits someday. ...read more.

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Disillusionment is also a main theme conveyed throughout the novel. George and Lennie's dream is eventually shattered when Lennie kills Curley's wife. This also affects Candy. Candy asks George "Then - it's all off?" His dream is destroyed through no fault of his own. He vents his anger on the dead Curleys wife as he realises that his dream will never come true "You God damn tramp, You done it, di'n't you?" Curley's wife's dream is ruined because she dies. Her dream seemed unrealistic but now it can never happen. Some of the characters recognise that these kinds of dreams are unrealistic such as Crooks while most don't realise this until their dream is shattered like Candy. Crooks mentions that everyone has this dream and that they never attain it "I seen it happen too many times". John Steinbeck presents dreams to be unrealistic. To conclude I think that in this novel Steinbeck successfully manages to convey the main themes, loneliness and dreams. He deals with these using characters and their life stories. I also think John Steinbeck puts across a message of dreams being unrealistic. ...read more.

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