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Of Mice and Men. One of the most important aspects that is attached with most of the characters of the novel is loneliness.

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OF MICE AND MEN 'Of Mice and Men' is a novel written by John Steinbeck in 1937, based on Steinbeck's personal experiences relating on life on the ranches. The characters, George and Lennie, are some of the characters that have Steinbeck's aspects of his life seeing as they are the main characters of the novel. In the novel Steinbeck highlights the social conflicts of that time period, such as the climatic changes cause by drought and the financial collapse of 1929, which had increase unemployment and poverty throughout the United States of America. One of the most important aspects that is attached with most of the characters of the novel is loneliness. Steinbeck has purposely named the town Soledad because in Spanish Soledad means "loneliness" and it shows the reader how lonely the town is. Loneliness motivates characters to seek an alternate way of life. The characters that start off together end up being separated up in the end like George and Lennie, Candy and his dog and Curley and his wife. Everyone on the ranch is lonely; this is because all the men in the bunkhouse are single. ...read more.

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This can be seen when Carlson says, "Why'nt you shoot him Candy?" It shows that Carlson isn't very sympathetic and he can't understand how strong a bond is between Candy and his dog. It also mirrors the attitude towards Candy himself as on the ranch when you fail to be useful people just get rid of you. Another character who is lonely is Crooks. He is lonely because he is isolated due to the colour of his skin, he is the only black man in the book and at that time, America was a very racist place and Crooks is persecuted. He is only referred to as "nigger", "stable buck" or "crooks" he is never referred to by his actual name which suggests that no one is bothered to get to know him. His loneliness is perhaps the worst in the novella as he lives alone away from everybody else. This can be seen where it says 'he had his bunk in the harness', this shows that he is more likely to be lonely as he is isolated from the other ranch hands purely based on the colour of his skin. ...read more.

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She is continually looking for companionship because she says "Think I don't like to talk to somebody ever' once in a while?" This shows that she too is lonely and possibly even more isolated as the other ranch hands do not want to talk to her for fear of upsetting Curley and it clearly shows that Curley does not give her the attention she craves and desires. She tries to desperately get the attention of the other ranch hands by dressing up when she goes to see them. She is described as having 'red' nails and lipstick, the colour 'red' suggests love and danger, which means that she automatically repels people that she needs for company. This shows she is incredibly desperate and sad, and she is going to the barn looking for cheap thrills and an ego boost. In conclusion, Steinbeck has presented the theme of loneliness successfully in various ways. He has explained how the life on ranches can be very lonely even if you are still around people. He has done this by making George tell Lennie how the life of a ranch-hand is among the loneliest of lives and by making some of the characters confess their deep loneliness to Lennie and George which shows how desperate they are by admitting to complete strangers. ?? ?? ?? ?? Muhammad Syed ...read more.

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