John Steinbeck 's ' Of Mice And Men ' And ' The Grapes Of Wrath '

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During the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of lives were changed. These changes resulted in financial ruin, loneliness, and loss of hope. Loneliness plagued many, as their farms were taken and they were forced to migrate to find a better life. John Steinbeck traveled around the country and worked as an unskilled laborer, working in the shoes of those he would later write about. Although Steinbeck grew up in a middle-class family in Salinas, California, he came to recognize the toils and hardships of laborers when he was a high school student, as he worked on a sugar beet farm alongside migrant workers. The bleak human condition of loneliness and the importance of community is shown throughout John Steinbeck’s …show more content…
This dream of theirs immediately brought up suspicion and jealousy from within the bunkhouse because nobody else on the ranch has anything to look forward to, further intensifying their loneliness. Lennie tried to explain his relationship with George to Crooks in chapter four. Crooks then tried to explain his loneliness to Lennie and how he has nobody to talk to. Lennie did not understand Crooks’ loneliness, even after Crooks explained it to him.
Secondly, even though Lennie is mentally retarded and imposes a burden upon George, George would rather have him as company than nobody. The connection between Candy’s dog and Lennie can be seen during a thorough reading of the novel. Both Candy and George are put into a position of caring for living things that cannot care for themselves. When Lennie was a child, his Aunt Clara looked after him. When Aunt Clara died, George eventually came to taking care of Lennie and ever since they have been migrant workers. George explained his relationship with Lennie to Slim and admitted that even though Lennie is not bright, he provides companionship. Finally, Lennie’s dependence on George and Lennie’s tendency to get them both in trouble prevents them from living permanent, “normal” lives. George proclaimed in an outburst which he quickly took back, “God, you 're [Lennie] a lot of trouble… I could get along so

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