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Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck - Explore a lonely character in the novel

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September 30, 2003 Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck Explore a lonely character in the novel The novel "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck explores the theme of loneliness. This is reflected in the speeches of the characters. George and Lennie are the main characters of this novel. However, they are not lonely because they have each other "Because you got me an' I got you", declares Lennie. They are always ready to help and to protect each other. Steinbeck contrasts this companionship with the loneliness of the other characters. Curley�s wife is one of them. We meet Curley�s wife in the second chapter. She is the wife of the boss' son, a cruel dishonest man who won a boxing trophy. In the first scene she appeared like a flash without anyone expecting her. ...read more.


(Chapter 4, pg. 78) How lonely was Curley's wife that night, to go to the stable and want to talk with them? She felt so lonely that it didn't matter with whom she was talking. She only wanted to feel the presence of someone next to her. She wanted to feel she was alive. The next chapter also explores Curley's wife loneliness. Most of the men were outside playing at throwing horseshoes. Only Lennie was in the barn. Curley's wife came and started to talk with him. She wanted to talk to the most dim-witted person in the ranch. However, Lennie didn't want to have a conversation with her because he thought it would cause problems. Curley's wife was so lonely and desperate to talk with someone, "I get lonely... You can talk to people" (Chapter 6, pg.85). ...read more.


Through the entire story Curley�s wife's real name was never mention. She didn't have a personality; she was only the wife of a man. She was like an object whose owner was Curley. She was not longer a woman; she was the possession of man who won a boxing trophy. This could be another cause of why she needed to talk with someone as she did with Lennie, to liberate the frustration of felling like an object. Curley's wife tried to survive on a ranch in a barn full of men. She tries not feeling lonely by talking with people and putting make-up. But in the end all her worries came to an end. She was finally free and in peace. Steinbeck represents that peace with the pigeon that flied in and out of the barn: like the spirit of Curley�s wife. All the meanness and ache of attention were all gone from her face and her body. She was more pretty and simple. She was no longer lonely . Jazmin Botello 2 ...read more.

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