• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Loneliness and Isolation in Of Mice and Men

Extracts from this document...


Loneliness and Isolation In 'Of Mice and Men', John Steinbeck portrays a characters emotions and feelings really well. In this case study, I plan to investigate two characters, who I think are good examples of characters suffering from loneliness and isolation. I also intend to explain in detail, how Steinbeck treats this theme and how he constructs each character using language and attention to details. The two characters who I think are best suited for this investigation is Crooks and Curley's wife. I find that they are the most outcast character of the lot as, one is racially outcast and the other one is due to her sex and relationship with the boss's son. Curley's wife is a peculiar character, she is portrayed as a tart, jailbait and a floozy, all given to her by the ranch hands, showing us how her character is viewed through their perception.It seems that the source of her loneliness and isolation is from her husband; Curley. ...read more.


Ain't I got a right to talk to nobody?" and again: "Seems like they ain't none of them cares how I gotta live". Her isolation is further shown when Steinbeck portrays her desperation in her dialogue with Lennie. She confesses her loneliness, knowing that he is not listening (instead thinking about rabbits) but continues -"her words tumbled out" and "she hurried before her listener could be taken away from her". By doing this, the reader sees how just the simple fact of talking to someone can relieve burdens; we also see how her isolation from most people causes her to release all her anxiety quickly. The reader can portray the dialogue between her and Lennie in two ways, the first is: that she knows that Lennie is not focused on her confessions, thus she says what she wants to regardless. Secondly, the reader can portray this scene as if she does want Lennie to listen ("You listenin'?") ...read more.


Crooks loneliness is shown once again in the state of his room, it has numerous personal possessions; showing us that he has accepted his fate of being a stable buck the rest of his life, as he has too many possessions too take with him; showing the reader how he has made his room home. All this changes when Crooks learns of 'The Dream Farm' which in his mind he finds to be an escape from this 'hell'. Crook's offers his service in return for a bunk- which would be in the barn house- knowing that it will allow him more freedoms to be more social. In conclusion, I find that Steinbeck wanted to point out the importance of friendship and how loneliness can be a slow killer. Without friends almost everyone will struggle, thus the arrival of George and Lennie and their close friendship is not only a peculiar site for many, but more importantly something that a lot of the characters envy. Finally, ?? ?? ?? ?? Daniel Zents 10H English Coursework Mrs. Laskey Page 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Letter to daniel

    4 star(s)

    to reflect on his own childhood in the third stage of the letter. The letter changes from first person narrative to third person and Keane begins the paragraph saying, " It begins thirty five years ago in a big city".

  2. Distrust and Isolation in Kafkas Metamorphosis

    Gregor's transformation is a final manifestation of the exclusion and isolation from society which both the protagonist and arguably the author were subject to. In addition to physically isolating Gregor from society, the metamorphosis renders the protagonist less able to communicate with others.

  1. How significant is the theme of violence in of mice and men?

    Many characters use violence to earn respect. 'You're as yella as a frog belly. I don't care if you're the best welter in the country. You come for me and I'll kick your god dam head off'. This speech from Carlson is used in a direct manner to earn respect from the other ranch hands.

  2. Essay on Animal Farm by George Orwell

    So Napoleon is clearly the leading villain in the novel. The name Napoleon was also the name of a French dictator, and Napoleon becomes as well the central character of the Novel, and thereby an obvious metaphor for Joseph Stalin, the ruthless dictator of Russia.

  1. English - Of Mice and Men

    Her hair hung like rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers.' As a married woman, she has her limits to men, so she uses her husband as an excuse to see the new men.

  2. Of mice and men

    George tells Slim how it is nicer to move around with someone that you know. Slim understands this statement but the ranch boss believes that George is taken advantage of Lennie's strength and his inability to think for himself. When interviewed by the boss George shows out to be in

  1. Of Mice and Men

    When reciting this dream to Lennie, his voice becomes 'soft and deep', indicating the 'unseen' love that George has for Lennie and his seldom-seen sympathetic nature. George and Lennie could also be brothers, with George, evidently, being the older one.

  2. Of Mice And Men

    As a result, all of the characters dream of better times ahead, and Steinbeck keeps this theme apparent throughout the novel. This fits in extremely well with the context of the novel because of the depression in the 1930's. The life they live is an ideal way of showing how hard life was for people back then.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work