John Steinbeck's Presentation of the Themes of Isolation and in Of Mice and Men
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George and Lennie
Steinbeck’s uses of language and setting to highlight the isolation of experienced ranch workers like George Milton and Lennie Small. “On the sand-banks the rabbits sat as quietly as little grey sculptured stones.” “And then from that direction of the state highway came the sound of sycamore leaves. The rabbits hurried noiselessly to cover.” Above I have quoted a portion of what I think is isolation, George Milton and Lennie Small are in an isolated area here, when he says “and then from that direction of the state highway came the sound of sycamore leaves” you can hear nothing else but sycamore leaves. It is isolated due to hearing the sycamore leaves if it were less isolated you wouldn’t be able to hear the sycamore leaves you would hear the noise of traffic as it there is a highway nearby. Also, Steinbeck describes the rabbits as statues this is because rabbits are still and when someone comes by the run, this proves it is an isolated area as they are still like statues because no one passes by. This relates back to being a ranch worker also the great depression, you have to travel a lot when working as a ranch worker also you would have to move and find work during the period of the great depression.
However, why George keeps Lennie around is because he doesn't want to be lonely and live his life like all the other migrant farmers which go to cat houses and spend there earned money on useless money, a quote showing this is," they come to a