Theme Of Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

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In Of Mice and Men, loneliness is a prominent theme that shows itself in many instances while reading the book. It seems that nearly every character has it in some way, shape, or form, but they don’t all show it in the same manner. Being lonely can cause tragedies to occur similar Curley’s Wife’s, or it can create a cloud over someone, causing their ultimate end. A couple of characters that loneliness is very noticeable in is Curley’s wife and Crooks. They go about life being lonely, but they show it in different ways. George and Lennie show loneliness although it seems they do not since they have each other. There are many reasons that people become lonely including a lack of attention, no one to talk to, or being the only one of your kind. …show more content…
It seems that she is lonely because she does not have friends and she sits alone in her house all day. Imagine having nothing to do besides cooking and cleaning all day. Her personality worsens her loneliness also. Curley’s wife is an outgoing and energetic women, so when she is confined in a small house, she feels as if she needs to talk to people. What worsens the loneliness is that whoever she tries to talk to shoos her away. Whenever she feels lonely, she takes an adventure to the men’s bunkhouse to search for anyone that will talk to her. All of the men know that talking to her is not a good idea since she is the boss’s son’s wife. They will not talk to her because apparently “‘she got the eye’” (pg. 28). One day, she finds Lennie, alone, and tries to talk to him. He knows he should not be talking to him, but she insists. She states, “‘I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely’” (pg. 86). She is aware of her loneliness, finding anyone at all to carry a conversation …show more content…
Many of the characters in Of Mice and Men portray the character trait of loneliness, which ultimately causes their downfall. Curley’s wife is someone who tries everything she can to find a companion to talk to, but she is unsuccessful. Crooks is alone in the fact that he is the only one of his race living on the farm. Although it may not be obvious, George and Lennie display the theme of loneliness the most because they have no one that understands their situation. The theme of loneliness is universal; many have suffered from its

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