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How does Steinbeck present the theme of loneliness in 'Of Mice and Men'? Of mice and men is a novel, which was written by John Steinbeck, and published in 1937. The tale is set in the 1930's in California. The two main characters of this novella are George an Lennie who are farm workers an dream of one day owning there own ranch. They work in a ranch near Soledad, as they had to move from their old ranch because of the incident containing George. On their journey at the ranch they encounter many people who all have a similar dream to there own "The American Dream." Loneliness is an emotional state in which a person experiences a powerful feeling of emptiness and isolation. Most of the characters in this novel are lonely and the only reason for why they go on is for that dream they long for "the American Dream." ...read more.


George said coldly. " Oh, so its that way." George and Lennie describe themselves as the loneliest people in the world. " Guys like us that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They belong in no place." The loneliness makes both George and Lennie have a dream that motivates them to work. It is the one reason they are still living for. " I said what stake you got in this guy? You takin his pay away from him?" As this quote show the boss believes that George is exploiting Lennie. As the other men come to see the new comers they find out how there friendship is built on loneliness. Although George and Lennie are close friends they are still lonely in the sense that they are completely different to one another. When the two main characters George and Lennie first arrive on the ranch they are met by Candy. ...read more.


The way in which he cleans the gun shows signs of loneliness. Curley's wife is one of the most likely loneliest characters in the whole tale. She seems no have no identity, just a possession or object of Curley's. Curley's wife is made to look like a tart by the way candy describes her as giving the eye to people like crooks and slim etc. Curley's wife does flirt with the men on the ranch an is aware of the effect she has on the men, but she is not a tart. All she wants is attention and not to be locked in Curley's room all day long. But she is getting the wrong kind of attention, which makes the fellow people on the barn think badly of her. "She had full rouged and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red.'' She likes to dress up in order to attract the men. The men on the other hand don't flirt back as they are scared of what Curley might do. This leads to loneliness in many characters. ...read more.

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