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Using the novel "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, I shall discuss the loneliness based in the story.

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English Essay: Of Mice and Men Using the novel "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, I shall discuss the loneliness based in the story The story "Of Mice and Men" is set in 1930s America, a time the Depression. This led to loneliness in many workers throughout America; unemployment was high, so men moved from ranch to ranch looking for work, never staying in one place long enough to form any real relationships. John Steinbeck uses a fairly journalistic style of writing to describe the ranch, and this adds a touch of realism to the story. In the 1930s survival was harder than now; people didn't have anything to look forward to. All ranch workers wanted was to work, sleep and get paid $50 so the next day they could spend it on beer and women. Hardly anyone would've saved any money for anything. The only person who was saving his money was Candy and this was because he was old so couldn't spend it on beer and women like the rest. Candy, Crooks and Curley's wife are the loneliest people on the ranch. ...read more.

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Candy is afraid that he will be sacked when he is no longer any use. He knows that he will have nowhere to go when he gets fired, so when he hears George and Lennie talking about getting their own place and living "off the fatta the lan", he is compelled to ask them to take him with them, and offers them enough money so that at the end of the month they will be able to afford to buy the place. After his dog's death, Candy seems desperate to leave the ranch. To make George and Lennie sure that he wants the place he tells them; "I'd make a will and leave my share to you guys in case I kick off, cause I ain't got no relatives nor nothing. You guys got any money? Maybe we could do it right now?" To be a part of the dream he offers them hope for a better future. However Candy was very disappointed and angry when he found out the Lennie had killed Curley's wife, "You God damn tramp ... You dine it, di'n't you? ...read more.

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After the death of Curley's wife Candy had nothing. This is why he was so angry and disappointed. Loneliness is a part of human nature whether we like it not, as with everything, there are winners and there are losers. Loneliness is not an immense problem to George and Lennie, as, like Lennie loves saying to George, "I've got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you." George says about ranchers that travel alone, "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family, they don't belong no place." One of the things that binds George and Lennie together is that they share the American dream, to buy their own land, and live off of the "fatta the lan." The fact that they travel together makes them believe that one day they will really get enough money together to do this, and they nearly had the chance. The American Dream was the thing every man wanted, which was to have their own land. The reason loneliness was such a problem in 1930's America is that no one ever settled anywhere long enough to make any ties or get to know anyone. I feel that Steinbeck portrayed this well. ...read more.

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