The Strong Desire For Loneliness In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, loneliness is a constant pushing force throughout the novel that influences the strong desire for companionship within its protagonists. Through the use of several literary elements, Steinbeck expresses multiple examples of loneliness and the search for companionship with George and Lennie. As Steinbeck presents these examples, multiple themes of loneliness being associated with a connection to home and the desire for companionship often requiring a sacrifice appear clearly to the reader.

One literary element that Steinbeck uses is the absence of the Boss’s name and Curley’s wife’s name. The absence of the boss’s names shows that he doesn’t have an important part to play in the story. It shows
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George and Lennie had hope and power to buy their own place and live of the fat of the land. “We could live offa the fatta the lan’” (29). Candy had hope and power to stay with his dog and help buy a place with George and Lennie. Crooks had hope of being excepted by the other men and when he asked Lennie if he could work for him and George at their new place.

With hope and power also comes with misery. Crooks’s misery was when he knew that he would never by accepted and when Lennie died and he knew he wouldn’t be able to leave. Candy’s misery was when Carlson killed his dog. When he knew that he wasn’t going to be leaving. “He pulled the trigger” (52). George’s misery was killing Lennie because he had lost all hope to save Lennie. So he put the gun to the back of Lennie’s head and “He pulled the trigger” (52).
In the end, Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, with loneliness being a pushing force several characters experienced new companionships. Those same characters also experience the consequence of companionship through misery. The misery was Candy losing his dog and not being able to leave the ranch. Crooks not being treated equally and not being able to leave the ranch. Finally, George’s misery was not being able to save

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