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Loneliness in the novel

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I will be looking at the theme of loneliness, how it effects the characters, how the scenes roll in with what's happening etc. When you read about George and Lennie you realise that they have a history. You think that they are a perfect pair. One is smart, aggressive, quick and looks out for the other (George) while the other one (Lennie) is slow, dumb, big, strong, kind, caring and needs to be looked out for. They fit together like a jigsaw. George and Lennie are the main characters and they are the only ones with the biggest dream - to get a big house with rabbits. That's what keeps them getting through the day. Their relationship together doesn't look close but it is. George once told Lennie to jump into a river. He did it and nearly drowned which I think showed George how much Lennie trusted him so Lennie thought that he would always be safe. Ever since then, George hasn't taken advantage of his power over Lennie. Two things drive their relationship. Their dreams, that keeps them going through the day and the fear of loneliness. Neither one of them wants to be alone nor so they fear it. Like when Lennie threatens to go into the cave alone and so therefore George fears and tries to keep him. George is a sharp man. His features are very precise and fixed. Each part of him is defined: small strong hands, slender arms and a thin bony nose. Steinbeck also says that he has restless eyes, which sometimes scares me because you get this picture in your head of tired open eyes. Steinbeck describes George like this so that he is the opposite of Lennie, which makes them opposite in every way. George's personality is a bit bad tempered. He's like Lennie's mother because he's always looking out for Lennie, which I guess makes him a caring person. He's also short tempered, as he gets agitated very easily, usually at Lennie. ...read more.


I think that before Candy had his dog shot he was only scared of one thing - being lonely. He couldn't stand being alone. He always is trying to get involved with other people like when he wants to share Lennie and George's dream. He can't STAND loneliness. When Candy is trying to convince Lennie and George to let him in on their dream he says something quite disturbing: "I wish they'd put a bullet in me". That shows that when his dog died, he had no reason to live so he needed this dream, and that's also how he tries to cure loneliness, by having a dream with company. When Candy is lonely, he's left alone. Nobody goes to comfort him when his dog gets shot. They leave him alone not realising that they'd taken away his only companion. Candy is no only treated differently friend wise, but he is also treated differently pay wise when he says about earning $250 a week and when he says about all of the luxuries in his room which the others don't have i.e. when Steinbeck describes Crooks' door. He's given more than anyone else because he's old and handicapped which to me seems wrong. If someone is good for what they do then they should be paid the same. It's society. He does easier work and gets paid more. Curley is a very lonely man. He has nobody and makes no effort to get anybody as a friend. The only person who he "likes" is his wife but he doesn't seem to show any affection for her. The reason he's lonely is because he thinks that he's upper class and therefore too good for anybody else. He thinks that he's too good to have friends. He's too strong, upper class and "cool" to make friends. His fear is losing in a fight. He fears that if he were to lose then his reputation, as a tough man would fall apart. ...read more.


This is the reason why Curley's lonely. Nobody likes Curley even his wife because he feels like he's on top. * When Curley's wife is lonely she tends to get a bit too friendly with men and flirts with them. She says that she would do anything to be able to talk to someone every now and then and so attracts men with her looks. * Crooks are constantly lonely because the other ranchers mock him because he's black. He lives in the barn on his own with the animals. When he's in the barn alone and an 'intruder' approaches he gets very frustrated. When only him and Lennie are in the barn, Crooks has power over Lennie and so takes out all of his pain from being lonely on Lennie. He threatens him e.g. "what if George doesn't come back?" * Carlson is a troubled and hollow man. When he gets lonely he tends to tease. When Candy was troubled because of him he made matters worse by stroking his gun. I think that's INSANE! Who would stroke a gun? * Slim is a 'godlike' character and is kind of the saviour of the people at the ranch. When someone is lonely they go to him. I think that he's so popular he doesn't have enemies and so is lacking the ability to express himself. He needs emotions so he talks to people to feel their feelings. He's like a psychiatrist accept he doesn't get paid but gets rewarded with emotions. Steinbeck tries to show within the book that loneliness is sometimes fatal. It can lead to insanity or even death! He shows this by introducing the death of Lennie, if he hadn't have been lonely and wanting to stroke Curley's wife's hair then he wouldn't have died because Curly wouldn't have been mad for the death of his wife. It also works the other way around because if Curley's wife hadn't flirted with Lennie because she was lonely then he wouldn't have struck out and killed her. By Oliver Jarvis ...read more.

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