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Mice and Men

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In the novel 'of mice and men' is mostly about friendship and loneliness. To begin with, Curley's wife is an extremely lonely woman; she has a loveless marriage and no friends out in the ranch. This means she has no one to talk to, she can't talk to her husband because he "spends all his time sayin' what he's gonna do to guys he don't like, and he don't like nobody." This indicates that she has nobody to talk to because all her husband does is talk about who he is going to beat up next. She needs love and attention. One Saturday evening in crooks' stable bunk, she says she is "standing here talking to a bunch of bindle stiffs-a nigger an' a dum-dum and a lousy ol' sheep-an likin it because there aint nobody else." Curley wouldn't let his wife go out that night with him and the other ranch workers. So for attention and someone to talk to, she was forced to talk to people whom she would normally avoid rather than being on her own, this shows how she is very lonely by not having any friends. When Curley's wife was talking to Lennie she says "I get lonely, you can talk to people, but I can't talk to nobody but Curley. ...read more.


This makes him lonely because he is made to feel differently because of the colour of his skin, "Crooks has reduced himself to nothing." He feels alone and isolated because when he try's to stick up for himself or put his point across he gets put down all the time and he knows that he will get killed if he speaks or does something outer line, because he is "a coloured guy". Another way of why crooks feels lonely is that he has to work and be alone all the time. When Lennie came into his room he tells him "you got no right to come in my room. This is my room" Crooks doesn't realise when somebody is being friendly, he is so used to being called names because he doesn't get any respect of anybody, He is physically hurt and has no friends and no one to talk to. He feels threatened that if he gets close to someone he knows he will get into trouble. Crooks try's to explain his feeling of being lonely to Lennie, he says "s'pose you didn't have no one, s'pose you couldn't play rummy because you were black." Lennie loves playing rummy and Crooks explained to Lennie, that if he were black, he couldn't play it because it's what he wants. Crooks get told what he wants to do and not what he wants to do. ...read more.


Lenny makes its sound like paradise, with thick cream on top of milk "like you can hardly cut it." Ranch workers in America were lonely, so dreams were what got people through times of loneliness, it was called "the American dream." Lennie is just as lonely as George. He likes to pet soft things, like puppies, dead mice and the "rabbits", this comforts him, knowing there around. Lenny can be forgetful - George continually has to remind him about important things, this makes George lonely because of the fact he can't rely on Lennie to do anything. At the end of the novel when George kills Lennie he becomes very lonely, the last thing lennie said to george was "Le's do it now. Le's get that place now" This analyses that Lennie only ever has one thing on his mind which was his dream, he is very lonely and without George he has no body. When George found out that it was Lennie who killed "Curley's wife" he said "Couldn' we maybe bring him in an' they'll lock him up? He's nuts Slim. He never done this to be mean" George realises that if he did get locked up, Curley would have killed him anyway. If George didn't kill Lennie, his future would have been one of misery, which would have been a more painful experience. ...read more.

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