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Mice And Men Essay (Lonliness)

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Mice And Men Essay (Lonliness) John Ernst Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. Of Mice And Men was published in 1937. Following the collapse of the New York Wall Street stock market in 1929, the United States entered a period of economic depression. During this phase of failed businesses, harsh poverty and long-term unemployment, masses of migrant workers came to California from other parts of the U.S. in search of work. Men, mostly travelling alone, migrated from ranch to ranch on short-term, very low paid contracts, this being the only type of work available to them. This is the time when the book "Of Mice And Men" was set. Steinbeck also lived through this time, and so we can safely assume that the book should give us a fairly accurate picture of what life would have been like at the time. Although we never learn where George Milton and Lennie Small, the two main characters of the novel, come from they personalise the American Dream. The dream to own their own little piece of land, and settle down in the 'Promised Land' which California, the setting "Of Mice And Men", represented. The story "Of Mice And Men", explains and describes part of the life of George and Lennie, two travelling farm labourers lead. It tells of the loyalty and friendship that exists between them; the hostility of the economic environment that America was in at the time; the isolation and loneliness that came with moving around the country all the time; and the dream of a safer, better life. ...read more.

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This would be very strange in those times, as nearly all of the other Ranchers had no friends and didn't travel with anyone other then themselves, because they either didn't want to make friends, (there was always the risk of someone trying to steal your money. whether they where a friend or not.) Or they just didn't have time to make friends as they are always moving on. This means that George and Lennie have a very special connection, and George has several reasons why he sticks with Lennie. '..."It ain't so funny, him an' me goin' aroun' together," George said at last. "Him and me was both born in Aurburn. I knowed his Aunt Clara."...' This shows that George and Lennie had a relationship before they started working. Due to Lennies clingy, child like nature, would have probably clung to George if he'd known him a long time. Or George let Lennie come along with him, so he could look after him and keep him out of trouble. Lennie and George have this dream which in large is referred to as 'The American Dream'. This dream was something that started around five hundred years ago, and it centres around the idea of discovery and new beginnings. I.e. freedom and a new start. It still goes on today, accept its now connected with being rich and successful. In George and Lennie's case this is having a little place of land to call their own. ...read more.

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'...Crooks was a proud, aloof man. He kept his distance and demanded that other people kept theirs. His body was bent over to the left by his crooked spine...' Lennie, Crooks and Curelys wife are all lonely in their own way. Whilst Lennie and George maintain a close friendship, Crooks and Curley's Wife don't have any friends at all. Crooks usually just ignores everyone and keeps him self to him self, but near the end of the book opens up to Lennie. Crooks is lonely because of the fact he has no rights, so doesn't like speaking to anybody in case they take insult and get him into a lot of trouble. Curley's wife is insistent on trying to get close to the ranch workers. Always nagging them to talk to her, but always running from Curley because she's afraid of him. '..."im tryin' to find Curley, Slim." "Well you ain't tryin' very hard. I seen him goin' in your house." She was suddenly apprehensive. "Bye, boys," she called into the bunk-house and she hurried away. ...' Curley's wife is lonely because everyone wont talk to her because they think she's a tart, and plus there afraid of what Curley would do if he found them with her, so they avoid her at all costs. Lennie interacts like a child, trusting and not understanding most of what people say. Lennie is like a child so a lot of people just ignore him apart from George , Slim and Candy. By Adam Moreton ...read more.

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