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Many characters in 'Of Mice and Men' are shown to be lonely. Write about loneliness in the novel.

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English Essay Many characters in 'Of Mice and Men' are shown to be lonely. Write about loneliness in the novel. Steinbeck shows a lot of loneliness within characters in his novel, 'Of Mice and Men'. The characters are all lonely in their own way but Steinbeck links their sadness through similarities. Loneliness is one of the underlying themes that is expressed throughout his novel through many of his characters Regarding Crooks, Steinbeck has presented him as being a lonely character in the novel in many different ways. Crooks receives sympathy from the reader as he just wants to be accepted by the other characters but he is very segregated. This is best seen in the passage in Crook's bunk in the harness-room where he answers back to Curley's wife as she replies; 'Listen Nigger' this shows he is hopeless against Curley's wife as well as the fact he is not referred by his name but is being singled out because he is black and the society he is in at this time is racist. The reader feels as though Crooks is discriminated by this and would feel very isolated if that was them. ...read more.

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Steinbeck puts across to the reader that Candy is the character who puts himself down a lot and feels he can't interact with the others in the ranch as he is disabled with having only one hand. What is meant by this is that he gets invited to go out with the others from the ranch but he feels he doesn't have the right to be accepted. This is quite possibly that he is sad and lonely because he is searching for the right person to be friends with. He is scared of losing his job not even to mention his whole life; this is best seen in this quote; 'They'll can me purty soon. Jus' as soon as I can't swamp out no bunk-houses they'll out me on the county.' The relationship with his dog was all that Candy had and with the dog being the only thing he owned and confided in he felt even lonelier when it was taken away from him. Candy shared none of the dreams anyone else in the book and in a way wants in on George and Lennie's dream by offering money, 'Maybe if I give you guys my money, you'll let me hoe in the garden even after I ain't no good at it. ...read more.

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She shows her loneliness by saying she COULD have been in the 'pitchers' and she obviously knows that this dream cannot be achieved as she is stuck on a ranch with a husband that is hardly ever around. E.g. 'Coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes - all of them nice clothes like they wear. An' I could sat in them big hotel, an' had pitchers took of me' notice in this passage she repeats that she 'coulda had nice clothes' to show how important it was to her and for her to talk as if she 'could' have been is sad that she knows it is not going t happen because she married Curley. Throughout the story, 'Of Mice and Men' Crooks, Candy and Curley's wife make the reader discover sources of discrimination, solitude and loneliness. These characters try to cope with this loneliness by concentrating on the relationship between Lennie and George. In many ways they are jealous of this bond. They all try their best to fit in and are not wanted for different reasons or feel they are not worthy to be wanted. What they don't realise is they would not be lonely if they felt they were worth something and did not dwell on appearances. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gamma Thompson 11JKE 10/05/2007 ...read more.

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