Essay on John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men

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Humans are innately alone. There comes a time in everyone 's life when they have to deal with the fact that being alone is a part of human nature. But why? Why does it happen? How do people cope with being alone? It is no secret that loneliness is a powerful manipulator of the mind. The idea of loneliness as a manipulator is very apparent in two stories about adventure. Despite bearing some superficial variances in setting, the unifying theme of loneliness between the short story Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, and the film Castaway, directed by Robert Zemeckis, couldn 't be more striking. The theme of loneliness is evident in in both pieces yet they have differing views about being alone. On one hand, there is a main character, Lennie Small, from the novel Of Mice and Men. A large, powerful man with a very peculiar mental disability. On the other hand, there is the main character, Chuck Noland, from the film Castaway. A FedEx executive traveling to an important business meeting in Malaysia when he becomes marooned on an island. Both characters are alone, yet one character is mentally separated from people and the other is physically separated. There are different types of loneliness as shown in both of these works. The quote, “His [Curley’s] eyes slipped on past and lighted on Lennie; and Lennie was still smiling with delight at the memory of the ranch.” (62) from the novel displays how the environment is changing yet Lennie’s mind is stuck in the past, not ready to…

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