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loneliness in of mice and men

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Loneliness in Of Mice and Men Explore the issues connected with loneliness in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Loneliness is examined carefully in Of Mice and Men. In the world of itinerant ranch-hands, loneliness is an inescapable part of life and Steinbeck records this through the plot and characters in his novel. Being lonely is the lack of an emotional, mutual bond, which leads the characters to lose a sense of self-worth and dignity. This essay explores what Steinbeck discusses about loneliness in Of Mice and Men and how he uses the characters of Candy, Crooks, George, Lennie and Curley's wife to express these views. George and Lennie are the most interesting starting point for such an exploration since they are the only two characters in the novel who are defined by their companionship rather than loneliness. George proclaims proudly to Lennie in the early pages of the novel, that itinerant ranch-hands, typical of the economic Depression in the USA in the 1930s, "are the loneliest guys in the world" but "with us [them] it ain't like that". ...read more.


Indeed, a few characters are suspicious of their friendship, thinking it financially exploitative: "You takin' his pay away from him? ... Well, I never seen a guy take so much trouble for another guy." The only reason their friendship exists is because Lennie is so simple; his vulnerability and dependence on George make him loyal and trustworthy, unlike any other ranch-hand. Although George says, "When I think of the swell time I could have without you, I go nuts," he knows that Lennie's presence makes him feel more important and confident than an average itinerant worker like him would normally-being in charge with Lennie makes him feel in charge of his life. Tragically, however, by the end of the novel this is what George becomes-an average itinerant worker; he has to kill Lennie and after losing the only emotional human connection he had, George's dream and dignity are both destroyed: "He usta like to hear about it so much I got to ...read more.


To Carlson, who can only understand the value of a person in terms of their practical usefulness, due to his experience of the Great Depression, this bond is meaningless. After his dog is shot, Candy is reduced to a useless old cripple, also encapsulated in solitude. The dog's companionship had allowed Candy to cherish his past and be hopeful for his future, but now he has nothing to look forward to: "When they can me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me ... I won't have no place to go an' I can't get no more jobs." The dream farm tempts Candy, too, because he feels that owning a place will prevent him from becoming a lonely monument for passing ranch-hands to observe. His desperation for the farm is so intense that even after Lennie's death he hopes George may work towards it, but to no avail-Candy too is destined to be alone, unknown and uncared for once he can no longer serve a practical purpose. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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