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Of Mice And Men Essay Throughout "Of Mice And Men" we see numerous examples of loneliness and dreams, portrayed differently in each character. The two themes are often thought to contrast one another, although I believe there is symmetry between the two during this novel. Steinbeck uses the characters of George and Lennie to demonstrate how dreams can often lead to loneliness, and he uses the character of Crooks to show how loneliness can fabricate dreams. I believe loneliness is mans lack of friends and ability to socialize. But in the novel it is not portrayed like this. The men on the ranch are lonely because they have no solidity within their job and there life. A clear example of this is when George explains to Lennie how people on ranches are the loneliest people; he says " Guys like us, that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place" This sums up the lives on the people of the ranch. Such people like to think about their dreams when they get lonely. George and Lennie's fantasy is to own their own ranch, although we find that Lennie only really cares about tending the rabbits. Many characters have dreams in the book and all of the characters are lonely. This shows how loneliness and dreams can complement each other. I think it is important to read a novel from a different culture, as it allows us to learn of the lives of other human beings, and gives us an insight into what it was like to live in their environment. ...read more.

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She was described by Candy as flirtatious towards all of the male workers on the ranch. There are lots of derogatory terms used for her in the book, here are just a few of them: " She's a rat trap" , " tart" , " I bet she even gives the stable buck the eye" or "jail Bait". So there are many derogatory terms for Curley's wife. She is shown as being very flirtatious. We know this instantly when we first see her. She is introduced ; " A girl was standing in the doorway looking in. She had roughed lips and wide spaced eyes, Heavily made up, her fingernails were red " and then she says "I'm lookin' for Curley", But she knows curley isn't in the bunk house she just came up to see George & Lennie. So instantly we see she's flirty and already wants to see what the new guys are like. Also what she is wearing is key to her character as well. She is always shown as wearing red. Red is a dominant colour which represents a sexual nature, and she's always wearing it! Also things like her makeup and her hair. The way in which her body language is described in the book also shows what she's like. When she's first shown she is acting in a sexual way, for example, " She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame and her body was thrown forward" so before we even introduced to her she is eyeing up the boys. ...read more.

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Because of his needs, this is why he is so lonely, none of the other guys want to socialize with him and they don't want anything to do with him because of his character. So because no one wants anything to do with him, not even his wife! He is also extremely lonely. His dreams are similar to Crook's dreams. He wants to be able to socialize with the other guys and just fit in. But in reality because of the way he is. It will never happen, he will always be the hated man on the ranch! So all these characters have their dreams but the story is the same for every single one of them. The dreams will always be dreams and they will never become reality. Loneliness and dreams makes the story. Without it the novel wouldn't be successful. But it works because of the time it was set. The 1930's were a lonely time and all the characters find this out. By the end of the novel all the characters have grown in terms of learning a lesson but they are all worse off in the novel because of people dying and other factors. Also all their dreams get ruined and all the characters see the true reality and they see that the chances off their dreams are very slim but I think that that won't stop them from dreaming about what they want. Because of the time their dreams would be almost impossible. None of the characters will ever achieve the so called "American dream" Will Pinnell SLH ...read more.

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