Essay on Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

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Mother Theresa (1910 – 1997) once said, ‘‘Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.’’ Without friends and companions, people begin to suffer from loneliness and solitude. Loneliness is an inevitable fact of life and cannot be avoided, as shown prevalent through particular characters in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Most of the characters in this novel exhibit loneliness and the only thing that keeps them alive are their dreams. Although they are all on the ranch together, they are lonely because of who they are and their history. The author further reinforces this theme through subtle methods by situating the story near the town of Soledad, which means ‘solitude or loneliness’ in Spanish. This helps to …show more content…
His desire to have a connection becomes apparent and he is at the point where he is becoming emotionally sick of it.
Crooks calls Lennie “nuts” (Pg 73) and does not believe that Lennie will own his own land with George and Candy. Crooks exclaims “An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it…Ever'body wants a little piece of lan.” (Pg 73). His pessimism about the world is summed up and this shows that he has no hope for the future.
Curley's wife is the only female on the ranch and is controlled by her husband, who does not let her speak to any of the men, which leads her into being lonely. You never witness the distinct couple together; they are always searching for each other, this proves he ignores her and goes out always leaving her behind. Even though Curley's wife is mentioned frequently, we never know what her name is and therefore she has a lack of individuality. I think Steinbeck does not give her a name because she is regarded more as a possession by Curley rather than a real person who needs love and championship, and so is not expected to have her own personality. In the eyes of the ranch, she is a ‘tart’ (Pg 29) and acts as ‘jail bait’ (Pg 33), because Curley would often sack workers because his wife was friendly with them. This is a reason why George gets Lennie to stay away from Curley’s wife.

She notices Lennie and wants to start a friendship with him as all of the others fear Curley and will have

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