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Steinbeck in the novel "Of Mice and Men" portrays the theme of loneliness and isolation; he achieves this through his characters.

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Steinbeck in the novel "Of Mice and Men" portrays the theme of loneliness and isolation; he achieves this through his characters. The two main characters are George and Lenny; they travel together from ranch to ranch. Their presently on a ranch where there are more characters, who Steinbeck also uses to reveal the theme of loneliness. They other characters who are also on the ranch with George and Lenny are Candy, Curley, Curley's wife, Carlson, Slim and Crooks. George and Lenny are both lonely as they both need each other. They travel together and share a dream of owning their own farm, where Lenny would raise rabbits. Lenny is always talking about the farm and rabbits and gets George to tell him about them: George - "...No place for rabbits now, but I could easy build a few hutches and you could feed alfalfa to the rabbits." ...read more.

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Candy is an old man in the novel he had been working on the ranch for a long time. He had a dog, but it was old and crippled so Carlson suggested putting it down, Candy agreed reluctantly. Candy was scared that when he became old and useless that they'd get rid off him, like what had happened with his dog. Candy shares the dream of having a piece of land and having the security of being able to grow old without being thrown away. George agrees to let Candy go with Lenny and him. Candy had some money saved up and decided to put it towards the farm: Candy - "...an' I got fifty more saved up right in the bank, right now." ...read more.

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Curley is aggressive and jealous and drives his wife away. He tries to control her and stops her from making friends. He jumps to conclusions with out any proof, like when he wanted to kill Lenny for something that he didn't do: "...I'll kill the big son-of-a-bitch..." Slim is a strong character in the novel. Most of the ranch workers look up to him; his character is also lonely as he hasn't any family on the ranch. He understands Lenny and George's friendship, because he knows how men need companionship because being on a ranch is lonely. Steinbeck uses the characters to reinforce the theme of loneliness. He uses each character to show loneliness, his choice of characters worked well in the novel. The characters revealed the theme of loneliness as each of them were lonely in their own way. To conclude, Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men's theme of loneliness worked well. ...read more.

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