Loneliness in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Essay

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Loneliness in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

Mother Theresa once said, "Loneliness is a man's worst poverty." Without friends and companions, people begin to suffer from loneliness and solitude (Dusenbury 38). Loneliness is an inevitable fact of life and cannot be avoided, as shown prevalent through each of the characters in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Each and every character in this novel exhibits loneliness. Lennie was isolated for being mentally handicapped, Candy was isolated for being old and disabled, Crooks was for being black, Curley's wife for being a woman, and George for having to care for Lennie and being unable to socialize with others because of Lennie's consistency of getting into trouble from town
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In the past, when George and Lennie went into the local town where they were working, Lennie always found a way to get into trouble. This was because the other people in the town do not understand his problem, and react with anger instead of sympathy (Rascoe 57).

George is also just as lonely as the other characters in Of Mice and Men but he is also the character that least exhibits it. He was lonely because Lennie is his only friend and he got very frustrated with him (Dusenbury 41). George could not talk to Lennie in an adult manner. When talking to Lennie, George must say things two or three times just so that Lennie would understand what he was trying to say, or so that he doesn't forget. George made friends with Candy, Slim and Whit to hopefully be able to have an intellectual conversation. He only put up with Lennie because he knew that if he didn't, Lennie would probably die because he wouldn't be able to fend for himself due to his handicap (Rascoe 58).

George gives us a glimpse of his loneliness in his quote "Guys like us, that live on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. With us, we ain't like that, we got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us" (Steinbeck 15). George's favorite game was solitaire. In the dictionary it says that the word solitaire has two meanings. One meaning is a hermit or recluse, and another is a card
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