John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men

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“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us.”

Before George and Lennie got to the Ranch they stop and camp out in a clearing. In this passage, George explains their relationship. In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck honors male friendships, suggesting that they are the most adequate way to overcome the loneliness that infiltrates the world. George relates that loneliness is responsible for much of human misery. Later in the storyline, Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife all give moving speeches about their loneliness and disappointments in life. Human beings, the book suggests, are at their best when they have someone else to depend on for guidance. George reminds Lennie that they are extremely fortunate to have each other since most men do not enjoy this coziness, especially men like George and Lennie, who exist on the sidelines of society. Their bond is made to seem especially rare and treasurable since the majority of the world does not understand or appreciate it. This passage particularly stood out to me because even now in our generation, close male relationships are questioned and mocked.…

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