Companionship In Of Mice And Men

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In his novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck emphasizes loneliness amongst his characters how each seems to grasp for companionship but usually doesn 't find it. The exception being Lennie and George which baffles the other characters as to why they are traveling together. The Boss and Curley 's wife are not given names it seems like in this book because they are just there as plot points. The Boss is just there to be a grumpy bastard, as soon as he meets George he assumes he 's trying to screw over Lennie “But don’t you try to put nothing over, Milton. I got my eye on you” (12). He just cares about getting his barley bucked and finishing the season on time. Now Curley 's wife on the other hand doesn 't get a name but as the plot thickens …show more content…
And how he gets to tend the rabbits on the farm “The hell with the rabbits. That’s all you ever can remember is them rabbits. O.K.! Now you listen and this time you got to remember so we don’t get in no trouble.” (3). It 's clear that they both love each other though Lennie tries Georges patients all the time. After Candy 's dog is killed he is forlorn at the loss but when he catches wind of George and Lennie 's. Plan he realizes that he can live the rest of his life with a couple of buds at a ranch that he won 't get “canned” at he is also very enthusiastic about it by his willingness to spend his money on it. And pitch ideas to Lennie “Tell ya what, Lennie. I been figuring out about them rabbits.” (37). Candy never gets to because of Curley 's wife. Crooks even for a brief moment becomes enthralled by his newfound companions Candy and Lennie by the prospect of being with friends living and the ranch but is shot down by once again Curley 's wife his hopes are dashed because Crooks realizes that the white people would always think less of …show more content…
“Listen, Nigger,” she said. “You know what I can do to you if you open your trap?” Crooks stared hopelessly at her, and then he sat down on his bunk and drew into himself. She closed on him. “You know what I could do?” Crooks seemed to grow smaller, and he pressed himself against the wall. “Yes, ma’am.” “Well, you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung upon a tree so easy it ain’t even funny.” (39). This makes him feel like he 's not an equal and crushes his spirit. Candy has his dog shot and this causes him deep pain he becomes miserable and recedes into himself. Until he hears about George and Lennie 's plan, when George is forced to kill Lennie he almost can 't bring himself to do it but knows if he doesn 't Lennie will suffer a slow painful death at the hands of Curley. So in an effort to ease Lennie’s passing he helps him imagine the thing that he cares most about the farm and then shoots him.

So the novel Of Mice and Men it is an emotional roller coaster with a tragic twist in the end but the evidence of loneliness is clear. That everyone is looking for some kind of companionship but it seems to be violently ripped away from them by the harshness of the times and it truly is

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