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Of mice and men theme analysis

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Of Mice and Men Friendship and loneliness In the novel 'Of Mice and Men', Steinbeck depicts the themes of friendship and loneliness through George and Lennie's relationship. Steinbeck does this through the storyline and the description of the lifestyle led by many itinerant workers in America during the 1930s. Steinbeck shows friendship and loneliness through the fact that George and Lennie travel together around the country, looking for work as most men did at the time. They met when Lennie's aunt passed away and George started taking care of Lennie. They travel together because Lennie is not very smart and gets into trouble easily because he can't handle his strength and doesn't know what's wrong. George has no choice but to take care of him, even though he thinks Lennie is a burden, because Lennie's aunt was the only one who knew Lennie. George and Lennie are different from everybody else because they have each other and a dream, which keeps them going. ...read more.

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Behind him walked him opposite, a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, slopping shoulders....' Some of the characters in the book don't understand George and Lennie's relationship because at this time there were millions of people in America who traveled alone looking for work. Someone who doesn't understand their relationship in the novel is Curley. From the beginning, Curley was suspicious of them. He said sarcastically to George: 'Oh, so it's that way' He also did not understand the reason why George shows feelings for Lennie in the end of the novel when Lennie is dead. I think that George will be lonely afterwards because they were so close and their friendship was so strong. In this novel, Steinbeck also depicts loneliness through George and Lennie and other characters for instance Crooks and Curley's wife. Steinbeck shows loneliness through George and Lennie's relationship by telling us that they have each other unlike most men during the 1930s. ...read more.

Conclusion

Her words show us that she did not like being alone in the house waiting for Curley to come home. It tells us that she was lonely and wanted someone to talk to who would appreciate her being there. Another character who used to be lonely was Candy. Unlike Lennie and George, Candy's best friend is a dog. Candy's dog, foreshadows Lennie's death in the story. At the end of the novel Lennie is dead, showing that there is a return to loneliness. This also proves that loneliness over comes friendship in the end. Already at the beginning of the novel this was foreshadowed. The setting of the novel, Soledad means 'loneliness' in Hispanic. Steinbeck depicts the themes of friendship and loneliness through George and Lennie's relationship by using description and facts taken from real life at the time. He also uses other characters to show how life as a woman and black man was, and how even more lonely they were than people like George and Lennie. ...read more.

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