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Loneliness in Of Mice And Men.

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Introduction

John Steinbeck wrote Of Mice And Men in 1937. The story is about two men called George and Lennie. They travelled together from ranch to ranch looking for a job. Lennie is a big and he is dumb. They had travelled together for a long time. The story Of Mice and Men is set in 1930s America. At this time there was a depression in America. Unemployment was high, so people would move from ranch to ranch looking for work. Candy, Crooks and Curleys Wife are the loneliest people on the ranch. Curley's wife is possibly the loneliest of the characters, as she is the only woman on the ranch and the men are all afraid to talk to her. This shows she must have a really lonely life. Curley's wife only flirts with the workers because it is the only way she knows to get her attention. ...read more.

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with them, and offers them enough money so that at the end of the month they will be able to afford to buy the place. After his dog's death, Candy seems desperate to leave the ranch. To make George and Lennie sure that he wants the place he tells them "I will make a will and leave my share to you guys in case I kick off, because I ain't got no relatives nor nothing". Crooks is a black man with a crooked back. He is the only black man on the ranch and is not allowed in the bunkroom because of his colour. Crooks knows that black people are thought of as such, as when Curleys wife tells him that if he tells the boss to ban her from the barn she would get him hung, he simply replies yes mamma. ...read more.

Conclusion

I don't think loneliness is a problem to George and Lennie, as, like Lennie loves saying to George, I've got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you George says about ranchers that travel alone, guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family, they don't belong no place's One of the things that binds George and Lennie together is that they share a common dream, to buy their own land, and live off of the fatta the land The fact that they travel together makes them believe that one day they will really get enough money together to do this, and they nearly had the chance. The reason loneliness was such a problem in 1930s America is that no one ever settled anywhere long enough to make any ties or get to know anyone. Oxted School/The Twins/John Steinbeck- loenlyness 1/3 - 04/05/07 ...read more.

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