The Theme Of Isolation In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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John Steinbeck wrote a novel Of Mice and Men. This novel took place during the Great Depression in 1929-1939. George, who is a short man travels looking for jobs with his partner Lennie, who is tall. Lennie is mentally impaired which causes conflicts between the two. Lennie and George find themselves at a farm working for the boss and his son Curley. The two get to know many of the workers on the farm and plan to have their own dream farm. In his novel, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses the symbols of the dream farm, companionship, and isolation to contribute to the theme of the failed american dream.

To begin, Steinbeck uses the dream farm to contribute to the theme of the failed american dream. The american dream is achieving success through hard work. George and Lennie have had the dream of having their own farm with animals and crops. Lennie asks George to
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No one had friends and families separated. The character Crooks in the novel is well known for his isolated lifestyle. Crooks has very little friends and everyone seems to avoid him. One afternoon Lennie saw Crooks light from his room and he decided to go see him. Crooks first reacted by saying, “You ain’t got no right to come in my room… Nobody got any right to be in here but me.” (68). Crooks said that to Lennie because he’s used to being isolated from everyone due to his skin color. This shows that being isolated can really affect someone to act a certain way. Crooks was separated from his family he explains, "There wasn’t another colored family for miles around. And now there ain’t a colored man on this ranch an’ there’s jus’ one family in Soledad." (70). Crooks says this to give a better understanding of why he feels like it’s normal for him to be isolated. This relates to the American dream because isolation is the worst thing that can happen when you’re trying to achieve something and need

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