John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

1741 Words Mar 16th, 2016 7 Pages
John Steinbeck uses his experience working as a laborer in Salinas, California to write his novel Of Mice and Men, he shows the isolated and lonely lives of the ranchers in it. The characterization of migratory workers in the novel, such as Lennie Smalls and George Milton, Crooks, and numerous other men as wanting friendships and to escape their isolated lives, proves that even if a dream is shared by many it can still be impossible to attain.
Migratory workers, like the men at the ranch, live a lonely and isolated existence without friendships which causes them to be ill tempered and distrusting. George is talking to Slim in the bunkhouse when he says, “‘I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain’t no good. They don’t have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They wanting to fight all the time’” (Steinbeck 41). George knows how lonely and isolated ranchers are when they have no family and friends because he has seen it many times. In the beginning of the novel when they are together at the lake George says to Lennie, “‘guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong to no place. They come to a ranch an’ work up a stake and then go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they’re poundin’ their tail on some other ranch. They ain’t got nothing to look ahead to’” (Steinbeck 13). George and Lennie have lived on many ranches, all filled with lonely men who do not have anyone…

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