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The theme of loneliness in of mice and men.

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The theme of loneliness in of mice and men Loneliness affects everyone at one time or another. Loneliness changes the way a person thinks and behaves. Seclusion can have various effects on a person. The person may become bitter and suffer from denial of the friendships that he needs. Loneliness also can derive from several places within an individual. He will isolate himself away from others because he thinks they will hurt him, which may be true, but not in all cases. This situation is similar to Crooks's situation in Of Mice and Men. Then there are those that are not sociably compatible. In Of Mice and Men, Lennie's mental condition and Curley's Wife's actions make them unable to be sociably compatible. They may be overtly vicious or even not popular in society because of their condition. Being cruel to others or not being popular in society will make other people not relate with them. Loneliness can change the way a person acts, thinks or behaves in everyday relationships/situations. In John Steibeck's Of Mice and Men, loneliness alters Crooks, Lennie, and Curley's wife in numerous ways of life. Loneliness has made Crook's a very bitter and isolated individual. He is truly not able to leave this situation because of his race. ...read more.

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It has made him into another person, one that obtains a relentless hostility toward anyone and everyone that gets close to him. Curley's wife's loneliness has altered her demeanor towards others tremendously, making her overtly insecure and excessively flirtatious. Curley's wife has become virtually another person because of loneliness. The men on the ranch avoid her because of flirtatious personality to keep out of trouble. No one understands her situation and how loneliness affects her. Her insecurity is evident by the way she dresses and utilizes her make-up. She uses her appearance to receive attention like when "[Curley's Wife] was standing there looking in. She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton housedress and red mules, on the steps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers" (Steinbeck 31). Curley's Wife feels she must dress this way for people to acknowledge her and give her attention. Her dressing-up is entirely unnecessary because they live on a farm and this is not the typical clothing. The way she dresses/makes herself up proves her insecurity and her inability to feel good about who she really is. ...read more.

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He still is not aware of this. Lennie's feelings and emotions are portrayed to the reader when he sees the rabbit and Aunt Clara. He says: "I tried Aunt Clara, ma'am. I tried. I couldn't help it...I'll go right off in the hills an' I'll fin' a cave an' I'll live there so I won't be no more trouble to George" (Steinbeck 101). Lennie was basically in denial of his own loneliness. Loneliness has made Lennie want a better life for himself. This involves these soft items and the dream for his/George's farm. He believes at the farm he will not have to deal with all the problems that he has now. Lennie became unrealistic in many ways because of both his condition and his loneliness. Lennie most likely would have never obtained the farm or the soft items even if he wasn't killed, but his loneliness serves as motivation for these goals. Loneliness has tremendously affected the behavior and thoughts of Crooks, Lennie and Curley's Wife. There are distinct changes in each person. Crooks has developed a bitter personality, Curley's Wife has become excessively coy, and Lennie has obtained a desire for soft items in addition to his desire for the farm. Simple relationships and unconditional care could have prevented each one of these character's situations. Loneliness has affected each person differently, but the source of why they changed is the same. ...read more.

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