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Loneliness in Of Mice and Men

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Loneliness in 'Of Mice and men' by John Steinbeck. 'Of Mice and Men', is a novel written by John Steinbeck in the 1930's. It is set in Salinas California and shows us what life was like for migrant workers at this time. The book was set in the time of the American depression caused by the Wall Street Crash. In 1929 Steinbeck himself had taken on unskilled jobs to support himself for 7 years from 1919. South Clara in Northern California was where Steinbeck worked as a farm laborer. It is from there that the scenery, setting and experiences of Steinbeck in Northern California have been etched into the novel 'Of Mice and Men'. The book describes how lonely life can be. There are three different kinds of loneliness these include: isolation, solitude and abandonment. George and Lennie are different from the other characters in the novel as they have each other to look after them 'ain't many guys travel around together'. They have been companions from childhood and George has given and oath to Aunt Clara that he will look after Lennie. George and Lennie both share the same dream to own a piece of land that no-one will take away from them. ...read more.


Don't matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" this was Crook's way of establishing a personal connection to Lennie. Like Lennie, Crooks has a 'relationship' with loneliness. Crooks is rejected from every group of people and cannot socially interact with others, just like Lennie who can't socially interact properly because of his mental-disability. "Cause I'm black. They play cards in there, but I can't play because I'm Black. They say I stink. Well I tell you, you all stink to me!" Crooks loneliness results from rejection; others treat him unjust because he is different from them given that he is black. Crooks isn't allowed to participate in daily events with white people such as card games. He is treated unfairly and therefore acts the same way toward the white people who have offended him. In an effort to communicate with the outside world in my opinion Crooks reads books 'there were battered magazines and a few dirty books on a special shelf over his bunk' this shows they were well read, maybe even more than once. Crooks is fascinated by the strength of the friendship of Lennie and George, especially how close they are. ...read more.


It is also interesting to notice the similar fate of Candy's dog and Lennie who will both be shot in the back of the head unsuspicious of what is going to happen. The last similarity drawn is between two of the loneliest characters in the novel; Curley's Wife and Lennie. As we've seen previously, Curley's wife is the only woman in the novel, and her husband forbids her to talk to other men, and because of his jealousy, doesn't let other men approach her or else he picks a fight with them. George also gives orders to Lennie and strictly forbids him several times "Don't even take a look at that bitch. I don't care what she says and what she does...you leave her be" "well, you keep away from her", they aren't allowed to talk to each other, that's what makes the fatal scene in the barn so tragic; Curley's wife wanted to talk to someone so bad, that it drove her to her death. One of the most important lessons we learn in Of Mice and Men is that friendship and human interaction are two very valuable things in life, and that having them is as much as a right as it is a privilege. We must treasure these two things as it keeps us away from loneliness which is one of the worst things a person can suffer from highlighted by the characters in the book. ...read more.

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