How Does John Steinbeck Portray Loneliness and Isolation in the Novel “of Mice and Men”?

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How does John Steinbeck portray loneliness and isolation in the novel “Of Mice and Men”?

The novel of “Of Mice and Men” was written in the time of the great depression in the 1930’s in America, this was the time in which Professional workers became Migrant workers due to the Wall Street crash in 1929. The great depression caused many professional workers to turn to working in farmland harvesting wheat.

John Steinbeck published the novel of “Of Mice and Men” in 1937 it is set in Salinas, California. The title of the novel “Of Mice and Men” comes from the poem To a mouse ‘The best laid schemes o' mice and men Gang aft agley [often go wrong] and leave us nought but grief and pain For promised joy!’. The poem tells us that the best things
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This was Lennie being child like and confirming the father figure he had been, George said that what Lennie had done did not matter. “I done another bad thing’.”
“ It don’t make no difference”. This displays loneliness by aunt Clara and the Rabbit coming out of Lennies’ head this symbolises surrealism, as no one would think they have big rabbits coming out of their heads speaking in their own voice unless they were like Lennie and have a mentality of a child.

In the novel the character Crooks displays isolation. Crooks is the only black person on the ranch and because of his race he has been isolated from the rest of the ranch workers. By being isolated in to his own room in the stable he has had his human rights taken away from him. The author tells us he reads the California civil code for 1905, this is ironic having a black man reading about civil code when he has been isolated. Due to having his own room and been banned from the bunk house he is not used to having visitors, so when Lennie enters his room he over reacts top everything that Lennie says. “Why aint you wanted, cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I stink. Well, I tell you, you all stink to me.” The way Crooks over reacts to Lennie speaking is because he does not know how to react to having white people talk to him and treat him like anyone else. Crooks does not have any dream left in him, as he has seen so many people come
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