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Explore the implication of loneliness in John Steinbeck's novel ' Of Mice and Men'.

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Explore the implication of loneliness in John Steinbeck's novel ' Of Mice and Men'. In the light of the American economical collapse, there were a significant number of itinerant workers, who lived in a nomadic lifestyle, migrating in search of jobs. This continuous migration deterred them from building substantial relationships. Due to the lack of companionship and depression of the era, it appears that the characters are bound to loneliness. Most of the characters in John Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men' are caught in the trap of loneliness. To escape from the terrible fate in reality, all the characters that are lonely have a dream. George and Lennie, for example, dream the American Dream of Going to the West and owning some land. Although he has Lennie to look after and care for, George is one of the loneliest characters in the book. However even if Lennie cures some of George's loneliness, he is a constant trouble to him, which makes George constantly on a move, without a fixed job. This does make George lonelier-, as he has no fixed relations. ...read more.

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He says that, "S'pose that George returns no more." This shows the effect of loneliness and isolation on him. The author uses him to show the prejudice prevalent against blacks during that time. Another lonely character is Curley's wife. She is lonely, as she is the only woman on the ranch she has no one to talk or gossip to. She tries to talk to some of the workers like Lennie by saying, "Why can't I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely." However, they do not talk to her as they are afraid of Curley and so, treat her as a tart- as George and Candy call her. This definitely adds to her being alone. She always claims, as Whit says, "lookin' for Curley, or lef' somethin' layin' around and she's lookin' for it. ", which, is obviously an excuse to chat with the ranch workers. But definitely, the main reason for her unhappiness and loneliness is Curley. He forces his wife to feel alone because he forbids her out to go of the house and talk to anyone-as she says, "think I don't like to talk to somebody ever' once in a while? ...read more.

Conclusion

He offers money to George to include him with them on the farm. Crooks says that he dreams of his childhood, saying, "my ol' man had a chicken ranch, 'bout ten acres. the white kids come to play at our place, an' sometimes, I went to play with them, and some of them were pretty nice." However George and Lennie's dream also attract him. Curley's wife dreams of being an actress in the films in the Hollywood and says that she would have acted in 'pitchers'. She thinks that her life is wasted as she has married to Curley. She says that she knows people from the film industry who said that she was 'natural' in acting. Curley dreams that he would one day be a lightweight boxer. All the characters know that their dream is never going to be fulfilled. We can say so as Crooks quotes, " nobody never gets to heaven and nobody gets no land." However at the same time they know that they would be even lonelier if they do not have these dreams. Thus the dreams give them the much-needed dignity, and provide them a source to overcome loneliness in a form of escape. Chinmay Datar English- Of mice and Men. ...read more.

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