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Illustrate the theme of isolation in "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck

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English: Of Mice and Men 1) Illustrate the theme of isolation in "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck. In the novel "Of Mice and Men" which was set in the 1930's I believe that John Steinbeck Illustrated loneliness and solitude in many places. The seclusion in those times was due to mainly discrimination and injustice. The life of a customary worker would be very difficult, therefore people worked for others on their farms. The wages were not proportional to the amount of labour and in addition the accommodation was barely habitable, this was unjust. The two focal characters George and Lennie have a sturdy bond and companionship. The other characters in the story are missing a true acquaintance and are envious of the two men. They have never before seen two men unite together like that before. All the other characters in the book are all abandoned and dejected apart from Slim. George and Lennie were wedged together through thick and thin, through good and bad and they knew they needed each other. ...read more.


Crook's is restricted from doing customary things along side the white. He recognises how he has been treated and acts towards the white people who have affronted him how he himself is being treated. Crook's is also an envious man. He is extremely resentful of George and Lennie's tight friendship as Crook's says to Lennie while in the barn together "well, s'pose, jus s'pose he don't come back. What'll you do then?" this was asked because Crook's did not have any friends and did not know how it would feel to lose them unexpectedly. Knowing that Lennie was mentally ill, Crook's decided to torture him because he wanted to ease some anger because he was discarded and unwanted by the others. Crook's is so lonely and striving for a good life he will do anything to live peacefully. Another person who is tormented from isolation is Curley's wife. She is tormented from a different kind of isolation caused by her husband. All the workers at the ranch are scared to talk to and interact with Curley's wife as, his dad owns the ranch. ...read more.


He wanted people to not take in to consideration his colour and just allow him to interact with others like anyone else. This also was an unfulfilled dream as he was never accepted by the white community and constantly treated like an outsider. Finally there was Candy who was involved in George and Lennie's dream which was also incomplete and therefore unaccomplished. The setting of the book "Of Mice and Men" was set in the 1930's. A good quality indication of how the times were in those days is that in the book Slim is a man who is given a lot of respect. He is superior to all the workers, but in a special way as he is liked by everyone unlike he other leaders. Slim in the book is a great man who is a great worker, a great friend, a good listener, a good peace maker. Nevertheless he still is not running his own business. This shows that you have to be really rich or extremely special to be a business man. Basically I believe the book states that loneliness is an inevitable fact of life which not even the strongest can avoid. ...read more.

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