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Of Mice and Men. This essay is going to focus on the importance of loneliness in this novel of John Steinbeck and show how it affected some characters.

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GCSE English Of Mice and Man Student: Priscila Gola Of Mice and Man is a novel written by John Steinback in 1937. Years before the novel being written there was a Great Depression which affected most of the American Society in the 1920s and 1930s. More than half of all Americans were living below a minimum subsistence level which made public consumption go low, without consumption great part of the market and many manufactures failed which led to recession and months later to the crash of many banks - the big bank system of America crashed. There was not any stability on the economy of the country. The rate of unemployment did not stop to rise, and black people and women started to be accused to be taking the jobs of men. Many workers and farmers had to constantly move from ranch to ranch to gain some money for them and their family. It led to separation of many families and as result those men did not have any close relationship neither with their own family nor with others on ranches because they did not have a fixed place to stay which showed the way to isolation and loneliness. ...read more.


I could live so easy and maybe have a girl". George feels that he could have a better life if he did not have to deal with Lennie's troubles. However, George got used to Lennie. "'Course Lennie's a God damn nuisance most of the time, but you get used to goin' around with a guy an' you can't get rid of him." George stays completely lonely after Lennie's death. Loneliness makes George very frustrated, and aggressive and cold to others. Lennie is too immature to understand how lonely he is. He depends on George all the time because he is not able to get things right without George's orientations. His satisfaction can be fulfilled with simple things like eating, and petting. The dream is seen by Lennie as something that will definitely happen and it lets him very happy. It shows how immature Lennie is. Sometimes Leenie's role is compared to Candy's dog in terms of making company to their 'owners'. Candy is an old man with some physical disabilities whom represents older people on the American society on the 1920's/30's on the novel. Candy has no family and no company apart of his very old dog. ...read more.


She represents the women on the society as not given importance. She had the dream to be on the movies but it is nothing but another unfulfilled on the novel. It is interesting how Curley's wife labelled herself, Lennie, Crooks, and Candy. "They left all the week ones here". These four characters represent the community left apart on society - women, black people, old people, and people with learning difficulties. It also demonstrates how that society had the 'macho' concept stuck in their minds. However, that macho society was not happy because of their isolated lives, broken ties with families, and alienation from each others. John Steinback used 'Of Mice and Man' to protest about the treatment certain people on society were treated. The four characters mentioned above are the main representations of the people not treated fairly. John Steinback showed the forms that that people of those groups were discriminated. They were put away from others, not taken seriously, and given the lowest type of jobs to do by the 'macho' society. However that society does not see that people are not given equal opportunities and they need to be treated with dignity. The lack of that treatment led to loneliness which affected them negatively - low self-esteem, unhappiness, frustration. To hide that loneliness, dreams are on the mind of the people affected by that loneliness. But unfortunately these dreams are never met. ...read more.

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