The Theme Of Isolation In Of Mice And Men
Loneliness is a feeling of isolation and that no one is there for you. Steinbeck shows this in Of Mice and Men. Of Mice and Men takes place during the Great Depression and is about two men, George Milton and Lennie Small, and their journey through tough times trying to live the American dream. They go town to town trying to find a job, become stable, and have their own land. In these times, it seemed as no one cared about others and just cared for themselves. Each character connects to the theme of loneliness. Despite being surrounded by others, Curley's wife, Lennie and Crooks actions, lack of trust and belief in society's prejudices, keep them in a state of loneliness.
To begin with, in the beginning of the book Curley's wife is …show more content…
With his disability, he often acts younger than what he is and that shows his innocence. He doesn’t ever mean to harm anyone. Throughout the book we see times when Lennie just wanted to pet soft things such as a girl's dress, but the girl thought he was trying to do something otherwise and she ran away. George and Lennie then had to leave town. Lennie didn’t know why she freaked out because all he wanted to do was feel the girls dress. Another time is when he kills Curley's wife. All he wanted to do was pet and feel her hair, but he refused to let go and ending up killing her. He plays the outcast and many do not understand what and why he does things so they react aggressively rather than with sympathy. He isn't necessarily lonely, but he is terrified of becoming lonely and losing George. George and Lennie have developed a true friendship over time along their journey and when Crook was talking to Lennie, Lennie freaked “He won’t do it...George wouldn’t do nothing like that. I been with George a long time. He'll come back tonight---” (Steinbeck 71). This quote shows Lennie’s fear of losing George and how he doesn't know what he would do without him. George takes care of Lennie and tries to protect him at all costs. While Crook was talking to him and saying what ifs, he really realized that he is dependent on George.
Some of the characters in Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, are examples of showing loneliness. It shows Crook, Lennie, and Curley's wife being affected by the harsh reality in the ranch and society emotionally, physically, and mentally. It also affects the setting and how Steinbeck writes the tone of the novel. With racism, sexism, and being impaired during this time, many people were judgemental and not accepting which often made people feel like an outcast and