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of mice and men

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Isolation and Loneliness in OF MICE AND MEN Many of the characters in Of Mice and Men are lonely and isolated and this motivates them to look for an alternative way of life. The characters are lonely because of something within themselves, something which almost seems to make their loneliness inevitable. Different characters seek comfort and solace in different things - for Candy it is his dog; for George and Lennie knowing each other are there for them; for Crooks it is his pride and his excellent skill at pitching horseshoes. Steinbeck himself gave the readers a hint that loneliness is one of the biggest themes in the novella by calling the nearby town "Soledad" meaning loneliness in Spanish. ...read more.


Characters associated with Isolation and Loneliness: * George * Curley's Wife * Crooks * Candy However in one way or another all the characters in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men are all associated with Isolation and Loneliness. Main Quotes: * No one seems to love her - Curley certainly is not very affectionate with her, "glove fulla Vaseline". All she really wants is some companionship: "Think I don't like to talk to somebody ever' once in a while?". She's "purty", she wears a lot of make-up and is very proud of her hair; she uses her looks to get the attention of the other ranch hands, as Curley's wife has already lost her own dream of getting into the "pitchers" or going on stage. ...read more.


Colour prejudice makes Crooks' position on the ranch lonely and isolated. * "Well, you ain't bein' kind to him keepin' him alive." - This is showing that Carlson is ironically 'sentencing' Lennie who will later suffer the same fate as the dog. Carlson assumes that Candy can easily get another dog just like George can get another friend. Candy and his dog are an obvious parallel to George and Lennie - Candy's dog follows Candy around all the time, just as Lennie is forever following George. Just as Candy feels tied down with the relationship he has with his dog, George understands his responsibility for Lennie. This may be a clue to the real reason for loneliness of the ranch-hands: they shy away from committing themselves to relationships and responsibilities. ...read more.

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