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Write about the loneliness and violence in the lives of the characters in 'Of Mice and Men' Showing How John Steinbeck conveys these aspects of the Novel

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Calvin Winter Page 1 Write about the loneliness and violence in the lives of the characters in 'Of Mice and Men' showing how John Steinbeck conveys these aspects of the Novel. 'Of Mice and Men' is based around the lives of migrant American labourers in California in the 1930's. The labourers used to move from ranch to ranch completing work before they moved on again. Loneliness is an important factor throughout 'Of Mice and Men'. Nearly all the men who work on the ranch travel alone, they never stay in one place long enough to have or maintain frienships with anyone else. 'Of Mice and Men' also looks at other reasons why the men may not have friends, like the colour of their skin and their age. George and Lennie are different from the other men on the ranch, this is because they have each other. At the begining of the novel George states how they are different, he tells Lennie about men that work on the ranches, "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world." Then when Lennie gets excited he states why they aren't lonely, "Because I got you","and you got me". From early in the novel the characters of George and Lennie explain to the reader what men on ranches are like, but how they ...read more.


She plays with her hair and the time she is talking to the men she stands in a seductive manner as if her aim is to tese the men, "She puts her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so her body was thrown forward." every little detail by Steinbeck about Curley's Wife shows how desperate she is for attension, she is longing for people to be with or around even if it is the men on the ranch. Not only does the reader get an understanding of her character through the description and narrative but Curley's Wife also says it through her dialogue. "Well, I ain't giving you no trouble. Think I don't like to talk to someone ever' once in a while?" The structure of section four is important to the loneliness of Crooks. At the begining of the section Crooks is alone in his room rubbing liniment in his spine. The idea of a man sitting alone having to rub the liniment into his own Calvin Winter Page 3 spine gives the reader the idea of the loneliness of Crooks and how he has nobody else. At the end of the section Crooks is back to rubbing liniment into his spine while everyone else has gone. ...read more.


This also gives the reader a clue of his charactre. Throughtout the novel Steinbeck has gone into great detail of different aspects like violence and loneliness. Steinbeck also goes into great detail about the begining of each section. He gives you detail of the natural world and other things connected to it. Violence is also shown in the natural world which he describes. While describing the settings Steinbeck includes detail of the time of day and always mentions the sun. The mood he creates is calm and gentle, he uses words like, "slipping twinkling" and "fresh and green" even when there is a calm and gentle mood Steinbeck includes violence. An example of the violence in the natural world is when a water snake is eaten. The watersnake is mentioned in two sections and the same description is used in both sections, "A water snake glided smoothly up the pool" when the watersnake is killed it is very sudden. Even when Steinbeck creates a peaceful mood he manages to show violence in the natural world through the killing of the watersnake and the two similar descriptions of the watersnake in the two sections. The sudden killing of the watersnake prepares the reader for the killing of Lennie and shows that even in a beautiful world there is still death and it is the way of life. The themes of violence and loneliness all together add to the feeling and drama conveyed in the novel. ...read more.

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