Of Mice and Men (Loneliness) Essay

2138 Words 9 Pages
"Of Mice and Men" essay on Loneliness is a basic part of human life. Every one becomes lonely once in a while but in Steinbeck's novella "Of Mice and Men", he illustrates the loneliness of ranch life in the early 1930's and shows how people are driven to try and find friendship in order to escape from loneliness. Steinbeck creates a lonely and blue atmosphere at many times in the book. He uses names and words such as the town near the ranch called "Soledad", which means loneliness and the card game "Solitaire" Which means by ones self. He makes it clear that all the men on the ranch are lonely, with particular people lonelier than others. In the opening chapter, Steinbeck introduces the idea of loneliness and men who work on ranches living …show more content…
You takin' his pay away from him? (p.43) This show that nobody understands friendship, as it does not exist on the ranch. Curley's wife is controlled by her husband, who does not let her speak to any of the men on the ranch, which leads her into being lonely. Even though Curley's wife is mentioned frequently, we never know what her name is. This just shows how people do not care for others, leading to loneliness. I think all the men do not consider her as a normal human being, but and object. None of the men are to scared to talk to her in case Curley becomes jealous and wants to start a fight. She has no female friends on the ranch, so the men are her only option, but they do not want to become friends with her.She spots out Lennie and wants to start a friendship with him as all of the others fear Curley and will have nothing to do with her. She says to Lennie Think I dont like to talk to somebody ever once in a while? This shows that she is trying to tell Lennie that she desperately needs to talk to somebody as she hardly does ever talk to no-one because they do not listen to her. I do not think that She should be as lonely as she is, because she has a husband, but he ignores her and just goes out to Cat houses once in a while, where she is not allowed to go anywhere, but stay in the house. I am given the impression that she is living in two lives. In reality she is living in a boring ranch, with no companionship in

Related Documents