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Loneliness Of Farm Life In Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Everyone becomes solitary once in awhile. It’s an inevitable feeling in one's life. Throughout Steinbeck's story “Of Mice and Men,” he illustrates the loneliness of farm life and proves how people are driven to attempt and find friends to avoid from solitude. While human instinct is to be with someone, Steinbeck characters live in solitarity even though they want to be with someone because of fear.
In the beginning chapter, Steinbeck present the idea of loneliness and men who work on ranches living temporary lives. As they were walking along the trail, it is depicted as “a path beaten by hard boys coming down from the ranches” (18). The men who work on the farm have had temporal, isolated and solitary lives. It suggests that the isolated and nomadic lives are inevitable. The journey of the George
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Curley’s wife has no female friends on the farm; this forces her to tell Lennie “Why can't I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody.” in the hope that he will understand her loneliness (86). Curley's wife is trying to tell Lennie that she terribly needs to talk to someone as she barely does ever speak to no-one since they do not listen to her. The people of the ranch do not care for her, leading to her loneliness. She believes that she would make it to the movies one day. She says to Lennie “I coulda made somethin of myself... maybe I will yet “ (124). She is so lonesome, she wants to believe in herself as having a future ahead of her, but of course, she doesn't. Her innocence caused her to believe that she would one day leave this place. When Curley’s wife is Killed by Lennie, Steinbeck describes Curley's wife as a prettier figure “the meanness and . . . ache for attention were all gone from her face” (128). Now that Curley's wife is dead, she now looks happy and has escaped from her loneliness. She finally escaped her prison of
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