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How Important Is The Theme Of Loneliness In Of Mice and Men?

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GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK How Important Is The Theme Of Loneliness In 'Of Mice and Men'? Steinbeck is showing us that the setting of this novel is about lonely characters. The situation of the lonely characters make's us think about the theme of loneliness as the ranch being a lonely place for someone. Steinbeck use's different language for the lonely characters. Steinbeck use's character and language to develop the theme. The nearby town 'Soledad' means loneliness. In John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men George takes responsibility for Lennie, a big man who is mentally very slow. They are workers on a ranch but they have a dream that one day they will own their own place. Everything goes wrong when Lennie kills the wife of Curley, who is the ranch owner's son. Lennie didn't mean to do it but George knows that it is no good; their dreams are over and Lennie must be spared the pain that is waiting for him. ...read more.

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Says I was a natural." Just before Curley's wife dies she tells us she doesn't like Curley her husband. This is significant because if Curley's wife would have been in the movies she would not be this lonely. The story would have changed and she is the only woman on the ranch so people on the ranch ignore her. She feels left out, odd one out and isolated. What happens to Curley's wife make us fell sorry for her and make us feel that she is lonely. She isn't given a name in the story. It makes us feel that she is lonelier, that she had no identity of her own. Another lonely character in the book 'Of Mice and Men' is Crooks. Crooks is a hunchback black man. Crooks is not allowed to play with the other men in the ranch because he is the only black man on the ranch and people were racist at this time to black people: "They play cards in there, but ...read more.

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We got each other." They are different from Crooks because they are white people. They have more respect but Crooks is black man who gets no respect. Steinbeck is showing us the harsh social conditions that existed for black people at the time. When Lennie and George discuss their dream, it feels like there is hope, That they can get out of this dump and have their own place. Nobody bossing them around. Once they have enough money: "we'd have a little house an' a room to ourself." The theme 'Of Mice and Men' is loneliness. Steinbeck makes us think that the men on the ranch are all unable to communicate with each other and remain isolated. The only characters who seem to be different are Lennie and George because they show there feeling to each other and can communicate with each other. But by the end of the book, Lennie is dead and George is alone as well. He could not make his dream come true without his friend. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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