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'Of Mice and Men' Loneliness and Outsiders

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'Of Mice and Men' Loneliness and Outsiders Loneliness is an emotion even the strongest can't avoid. In the story, every character seems to find cases of solitude and the feeling of being an outsider. George has nothing in common with Lennie, they don't speak on the same level. Candy is a frail old man with only his decrepit dog to live for. Candy and his wife are together, but psychologically they are alone, and lastly Crooks, the stable buck, is a result of discrimination and prejudice with only books and dreams. Like most of the characters in this novel, everyone has a dream that they hope would one day become a reality, but until that time, they would still be breaking backs on the ranch or sleeping alone at night until someone or something changed their lives for the better. George Milton comes across to the audience as the kind of guy who can be alone and be successful, he always says to Lennie whenever the chance arises, 'If I was alone I could live so easy...' George talks about getting paid and using the money in cat houses, fancy hotels and tasteful food, but without Lennie he would be lost. ...read more.

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Curley's wife is one of the most significant characters to the novel because she shows loneliness on different levels. Because of being married to Curley she has a high status in the ranch, but this is exactly why she has no one but herself. Workers are afraid of getting too close to her in case innocent talking turns into more which could cost them their jobs...or even lives. Nevertheless she is led to seek solace with the other men even if they are at the bottom of the social hierarchy on the ranch. And due to all the isolation, the only way to get noticed by the other men is to be a charmer, but this is what makes her so misunderstood. She expresses her true feelings about what could have been to Lennie while he sits on the hay and absorbs absolutely nothing but reflects on the poor little pup that he unintentionally killed. Curley's wife reminisces about how she could have been a Hollywood star and had all the superficial items that so many celebrities buy. Throughout her time on the ranch she has always thought her mother was the reason why Hollywood never became a reality for her, she said, 'I never got that letter, I always thought my old lady stole it. ...read more.

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'Circular narrative' is when something happens in a story and after a while it occurs again. Throughout the novel Lennie repeats phrases and quotes to George that they have already talked about previously, like the whole ketchup scenario, tending the rabbits, owning and living off the fat of the land etc. This shows that Lennie knows George so well that he assumes all there is to talk about is rabbits and land. That is what makes him a lonesome man because all the conversation is about the same thing and whatever he wants to talk about. All the characters in 'Of Mice and Men' go through a form of loneliness and a feeling of not belonging. At times they can be self-centred which is mainly when two characters are in discussion which each other but not paying attention to the other. Maybe this is one of the reasons that loneliness strikes them, as they do not listen and are all wrapped up in their own impenetrable worlds. But this is what makes the book 'Of Mice and Men' so fascinating to read, all the people have their own problems and dreams because they all share the strong emotions of loneliness and individuality, and even though they may think that they are all diverse, the audience can grasp that each person is more and more like the other. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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