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COURSEWORK 'OF MICE AND MEN' How does the author deal with dreams and loneliness of mice and me? The novel 'Of mice and men' was first published in 1937, and was very successful. It's based on 1930's America during the Great Depression. The setting of the novel was along the Salinas River 'A few miles south of Soledad'. This literally translates from Spanish into English meaning solitude of loneliness. In this coursework I shall set out to discuss the recurring theme of loneliness evident 'Of mice and men' and to show how Steinbeck conveys the importance of the American dream in his novel 'Of mice and men' In the novel 'Of mice and men' John Steinbeck used many characters like crook, Curley's wife, Candy and Lennie to point out the dreams and loneliness in the novel. Loneliness affects many of the characters in this story. One of the lonely characters is Crook. Crooks is lonely because he is black and no one wants to be near him. This was when blacks were segregated from whites. No one ever wants to visit him. Also, because he is black, he has his room out in the stables with the horses. ...read more.

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This shows that he needs a friend who understands him. Lennie's dream is of owning a farm of his own with George. In his dreams he looks after the rabbits. He likes this idea because he likes to pet things and the small thing he finds as he is travelling around, like mice, are too easily hurt or killed when he pets them heavily. He also remembers that he used to pet rabbits when he lived with his aunt Clara. Steinbeck also used Curley's wife to show the theme of dreams and loneliness, because she is the only woman on the ranch. Curley's wife is found running around looking for Curley. Mostly she is trying to find someone to talk to. She would usually only see Curley after he was done with his job and for her that's too long to go out without talking to someone. What she did was hang around the guys and try to start a conversation with them. The guys don't talk to her because she is a trouble. When Lenny shows up she tries to make friends with him Curley's wife dreams of being a film star. ...read more.

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If this happens, he will have nowhere to go and no one to care about him. When he hears George and Lennie's dream he sees a future in which he will own a farm and be forever safe from being canned. He is willing to put up his compensation money to achieve his dreams and he has the pleasure of planning what he will do on his own place. Candy's dream is shattered by the death of Lennie Steinbeck used one character that's lonely but doesn't seem to be is George. George is lonely because he is always yelling at Lenny. He's lonely because he can't talk to Lenny the way he wants to in an adult manner. Usually when the two have a conversation, George has to repeat everything he says two or three times to Lenny understands and doesn't forget. George makes friends with candy, slim, and whit to hopefully have a conversation with someone of his intelligence. He puts up with Lennie because he knows that is he is left alone, Lenny will probably die Although, George had Lennie's company, he wanted to have his own family. George considered himself as a lonely man because his dreams were to have a wife and his own farm. ...read more.

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