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How does Steinbeck show the theme of loneliness in scene four

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How does Steinbeck show the theme of loneliness in scene four? How important is the scene to the novel as a whole? Originally titled 'something that happened', Of mice and men was written in 1936 and published sometime later in 1937 Steinbeck himself was born in Salinas, California in 1902 and spent time as a ranch hand and working with migrant workers which gave him first hand accounts of what life was really like during the depression in America, this being around the time the book is set. Steinbeck died aged 66 in 1968 having secured his place in the history books with his well known novels and having won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1962. I believe 'Of mice and men' is a compassionate story of the lives of the unskilled workers "ranch hands" in the case of the book during the great depression that affected the whole of America from the catastrophic wall street crash of 1929 the ripples of which shaped the 1930's and the hardships felt throughout that period. ...read more.


We learn that Crooks is no longer living his life as he reminisces about his childhood but now is reduced to merely existing in the shadows and away from everyone else within the main storyline he allows Lennie into his room somewhat begrudgingly but secretly you feel craves human contact and if it has to be in the form of a 'dum-dum' well it'll do. Being starved of social contact and the fact really that loneliness affects us in a wide range of ways Steinbeck begins to tap into this by having Crooks understandably taunting lennie saying 's,pose George don't come back' not that he means it of course but simply out of the desire to sound off and be heard and have someone to vent some pent up frustrations on shown in the line 'a guy can talk to you an be sure you wont go blabbin' Crooks mood turns up a notch when in comes Candy, you really get a sense that he is in his element he tries to be sullen but his joy is obvious and really endears us more towards him. ...read more.


I feel her outburst are portrayed with distain which is why I believe Steinbeck see's fit to end her life just as quickly as she came on in to the story. The scene ends just as it began with Crooks slowly rubbing the ointment onto his back with his pink palms. I believe this scene is the life and soul of the book within scene four I felt strapped into a rollercoaster of emotions it is where I find the most poignant of moments and the lowest, much like a rollercoaster it seems to me using this analogy Steinbeck is saying some people in life are happy to ride the merry-go round whereas most of us are strapped into this rollercoaster full of ups and downs twists and turns, its easy to fall out and get bashed around but ultimately some are ahead and others behind but we all end up in the same place and of course it's a lone journey but the person sitting next to you can either make it a better experience or they can hinder you and sometimes its not so easy to rise above it so make the best of what you have. ...read more.

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