Theme Of Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

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In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck illustrates the loneliness that is found during the Great Depression and the companionship some people are forced to live without. George and Lennie however found each other. They couldn’t have gotten where they are now. For example, without George Lennie would have gotten arrested for assaulting the girl in Weed. Without Lennie George would waste all his money on girls and alcohol, but together they work as a cohesive team.
The fact that Steinbeck has an absence of character names shows the loneliness that is portrayed by these characters. Since Steinbeck didn’t take the time to give the boss and Curley’s wife names, it depicts the characters as two dimensional. Given that Steinbeck just called
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George feels like he is an important piece in Lennie’s life because George helps Lennie survive. Lennie feels special because he protects George. Lennie and George consider each other family, even George says “[h]e’s… my cousin” (12). After George says this Lennie is taken back and is confused why George said they were family. As if Lennie and George were family Steinbeck portrays Lennie as kind of a pet George has adopted and decided to take care of. Lennie is treated like a pet by George because Lennie has no concept of doing something wrong. Lennie does remember things George tells him, George discusses his philosophy about workers who travel alone ‘{g}uys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no fambly. They don’t belong no place. They come to a ranch an’ work up a stake and then they go into 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’ (8). This Philosophy describes the loneliness that is prominent everywhere they go to. When they arrive at the ranch they meet a lot of people including a guy named Slim. Slim is an intelligent skinny white guy who George feels he can connect with and carry an intelligent conversation with him. Slim also reassures George Lennie is a nice …show more content…
He was isolated at a young age because of his color, he probably either grew up on the farm or sold to the boss. Since he is black his house is out in the barn, the other men on the farm talk down to him because he can’t do a lot with his messed up back. When Lennie goes out to Crooks’ house at first Crooks shoos him away until he realizes Lennie just wants to talk to someone. When Crooks realizes that’s all Lennie wants to do Crooks says “{c}ome on in and set a while” (34). This quote represents the fact that Crooks is so used to being lonely he doesn’t think anyone wants to talk to him. When Lennie starts talking about the farm Crooks freaks out and offers his services. Crooks is so eager to join the farm because all his life he has been brought up to be a servant but with the farm he could actually own a part of

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