John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

1591 Words May 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
Something That Happened
It has been said that love is unconditional and perfect in that it conquers all and leaves nothig but love. A love like this can be found in true friendship, families, and sometimes, if lucky, marriage. However, in John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, this perfect love is not seen in all of the characters but is instead replaced by loneliness. Steinbeck illustrates both of these extremes in his novel through the characters within the ranch of the town of Soledad, California. Loneliness manifests itself there in the lives of Curley, Curley’s wife, and Crooks. On the opposite hand, true companionship is found most obviously in Lennie Small and George Milton. It is apparent throughout the story that Steinbeck’s two themes, loneliness and friendship, are intertwined and come together to create this pure love. Within the first sentence of Of Mice and Men a reference to loneliness is made. The novella opens up with a description of the setting which is seen to be a “few miles south of Soledad” (Steinbeck 1). This description appears to be normal exposition, but it is actually a nod toward the main theme already because “Soledad” is a Spanish word meaning solitude. This subtle nuance towards the overarching theme helps to set the stage as to how the plot will develop. The exposition also helps to set the theme of loneliness and alienation by introducing the two main characters. It becomes evident to the readers in the first chapter that George Milton…

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