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Of Mice and Men

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In 1929, the US entered a period of Great economic Depression from it only emerged with the onset of the Second War in 1939. During this period, there was long-term unemployment, so workers needed to go to California where there was still some short-term, poorly paid contract ranch works available. They were not educated therefore they had got no right and could be sacked at any time. They travelled from ranch to ranch to get jobs. This lifestyle forced ranch workers to keep moving and got no chance of making friend and keeping contact with their families. There was also a lot of competition, which put workers under pressure about whether they were good enough. They live isolated lives and are alienated from each other because are rivals. They are struggling to survive in a hostile world. All of these factors make all the characters lonely in 'Of Mice and Men'. Between them, there are some characters who are very lonely because they are disadvantaged, Crooks, he's black; Candy, because he is old; Curley, because he has more security than others; and his wife, as she is the only woman on the ranch. They are the victims of the strange society. ...read more.


As the inevitability of the fall of the dream, Candy would certainly be disappointed. The dream ends in a miserable way. 'You and me can get that little place, can't we, George? You an' me can get that little place, can't we, George... Can't we? Before George answered, candy dropped his head and looked down at the hay, he know. Then- it's all off? ... And I'll have fifty buck more.' Candy's words show that he realises that the end of Lennie means the end of the dream, without Lennie George hasn't got the heart to go on. There are so many ' can't we ' in his speech telling us he wants George to tell him he is wrong. But the reaction of George confirms this completely. The sadness is expressed in the bitter words he uttered to the body of Curley's wife, whom he blames for spoiling the dream or more accurately, his hope of a future. ' You god damn tramp... You done it, didn't you? I s'pose you're glad... you lousy tart.' Curley is the character who is described as a 'wretch' by John Steinbeck. It may be argued that he must be not lonely because he is the boss's son and had been married for two weeks, has a family and a lot of thing that other ranch workers wanted to have. ...read more.


George's loneliness could be reflected by the words that he uses a lot of swearing and the fact that he needs the dream to keep him going. Just as candy has his dog for company, George has Lennie (who is often described in animal-like terms). Both companions died and George and candy are left completely alone. Lennie totally relies on George and couldn't survive without George, but on the other hand, George somehow needs Lennie to overcome his own loneliness. It is revealed by Crooks' words with great understanding he tells us of the importance of Lennie. 'I don't blame the guy you travel with for keeping you outa sight.' 'It's just the talking. It just being with another guy. That's all.' Maybe it is just talking but this is an enough reason of keeping Lennie as company for George. In conclusion it is clear that all of the characters in ' Of Mice and Men' are lonely. Their loneliness is the evitable result of the society, which is made by the Great Depression. Crooks, for instance is suffered deeply from the racism society. No one is trying to make friends with him before the visit of Lennie except Slim. Candy, Curley and his wife are the victims of the macho male society. They all have dreams but none of them realise them and get nothing at the end. ...read more.

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