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Loneliness is a big theme in Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie are set apart from Slim, Crooks and Candy. They have something unique a special bond with each other.

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Introduction

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck By Drew Jones Relationships are essential in everybody's life. Having no real friends makes life dull, dark and lonely. Loneliness is a big theme in Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie are set apart from Slim, Crooks and Candy. They have something unique a special bond with each other. Each character influences, plays a role to the other characters. Steinbeck's portrayal of the men's relationship seems minimal, but is in fact monumental. The setting of Mice and Men takes place on a ranch where George and Lennie meet Slim, Candy, Crooks, Carlson, Curly and Curly's wife. Although the story takes place over a three-day span, all the characters make a relationship with one another. ...read more.

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Slim and George build a friendship of trust, George tells Slim the truth about Weed. Slim believes that Lennie meant no harm. He is the only person who understands their friendship. Slim is also the only male character that understands and consoles George suffering. This is furthermore proof of the bond they share. George and Lennie are a classic example of a distinctive bond. Their relationship is based a parental one and friendship. George must take Lennie by the hand during most of the story. As Slim said "Why, he's like a little kid." Lennie's needs are simple, he like to pet soft things and enjoys ketchup on beans. ...read more.

Conclusion

That day he almost lost Lennie, Lennie was his companion, and he had never hurt George. George considered those and re-evaluated his friendship. Their relationship is very rewarding. George has a confidante and a true friend. He knows that Lennie cares about him, and he cares about Lennie. This is obvious when Crooks is speaking with Lennie in this excerpt: "Well, s'pose, just s'pose he don't come back. What'll you do then? Lennie's face wrinkled with apprehension. "I don' know. Say what you doin' anyways? He cried. "This ain't true. George ain't got hurt." (79). Lennie also gave a lot back in the relationship. His physical stature protected George and himself. Although George is a rational person, he hopes about owning his own land. Lennie inspires him to believe that one day their dream will come true. George always recites their hopes together. ...read more.

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The candidate goes through the key relationships between the characters and describes how these relationships have come about. The essay is short and it lacks depth. There is a reasonably good introduction but the rest of the essay is minimal, ...

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The candidate goes through the key relationships between the characters and describes how these relationships have come about. The essay is short and it lacks depth. There is a reasonably good introduction but the rest of the essay is minimal, the candidate makes no attempt to offer their own thoughts and opinions, or the build on the story.

Level of analysis

Generally quotations are used poorly and the analyse makes little sense, the candidate shows a poor level of understanding. There is a quotation in the second paragraph; this needs speech marks to show that Candy is talking and that this has come from a section in the book. The candidate does not discuss how Steinbeck sets a scene and there is no mention of linguistic techniques such as onomatopoeia, metaphors, smilies etc. In addition there is no real conclusion, the essay just seems to come to a stop. A conclusion should summarise your key points, answer the initial question and include your own opinions and reasonings.

Quality of writing

There are some issues with the quality of this essay, such as spelling and grammatical errors, there are also incidences in which words have been omitted. The candidate does not use the technical terms I would expect at this level of qualification. Overall this is a relatively poor example of a GCSE essay, on the positive side the essay flows nicely and the candidate uses an expectable range of vocabulary.


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