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" Loneliness is the only thing We all have in common"

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Introduction

" Loneliness is the only thing We all have in common" Introduction: John Steinbeck's novel 'of mice and men' deals with the experience of loneliness. Also of mice and men was published in America in 1937. In the same year it was adapted as a role-play and later on it was made into a film. The title of this book was taken from Robert burns wrote a poem called 'to the mouse' burns was a farmer as well as a poet. Although the characters in the novella are lonely in different ways they all share a history that can go some way to account for the loneliness they feel. In the 1930's there was 'the wall street crash.' Which meant hunger poverty and loneliness for thousand of Americans. Banks went bust, and people's savings vanished. It was very hard to buy food and even to the pay rent or find a job. The states like Oklahoma and Arkansas were very badly hurt. Many people were now living on the streets or had to travel to find work. In some ways George and Lennie can be seen as different from the other ranches of their time. ...read more.

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Her monologue, broken by only a few words from Lennie, tells of her need for affection, and how she needs to be wanted. Curley�s wife does not seem at all likely to achieve her dreams. Even if she wasn�t murdered, she was stuck in a rut with Curley, a rut that would she would have gone round and round in until he left her for a new woman, or she finally built up the courage to leave him. Also, someone who is referred to throughout an entire story as someone's possession does not make a likely major character. Their marriage did not seem like one that was destined to last until they died of natural causes. But Curley�s wife did die, and her death, it seemed, was a release 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. This is typical of 1930's America, as back then black people were thought of as inferior. Crooks knows that black people are thought of as such, as when Curley's wife tells him that if he tells the boss to ban her from the barn she would get him hung, he simply replies eyes madam. ...read more.

Conclusion

She seems to have a deep regret that she didn't take up either of the men on their offers: "If I'd went, I wouldn't be living� like this, you bet." She also deeply believes in what she was told by the man who may have been only trying his luck with this woman, not knowing she would take his word as gospel: "He says he was gonna put me in The movies. Says I was a natural." Her monologue, broken by only a few words from Lennie, tells of her need for affection, and how she needs to be wanted. Curley�s wife does not seem at all likely to achieve her dreams. Even if she wasn't murdered, she was stuck in a rut with Curley, a rut that would she would have gone round and round in until he left her for a new woman, or she finally built up the courage to leave him. Also, someone who is referred to throughout an entire story as someone's possession does not make a likely major character. Their marriage did not seem like one that was destined to last until they died of natural causes. But Curley�s wife did die, and her death, it seemed, was a release. Mohammed Osman 11L 22/01/03 1 ...read more.

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