Loneliness in Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck Essay

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Loneliness in Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck

In the book Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck loneliness is very significant and a major theme. Many of the characters are very lonely and some of them try to look for an alternative way of life. George and Lennie have each other, Candy has his dog to keep him company, Crooks is lonely because he is black and Curley’s wife was so lonely it killed her.

The book Of Mice And Men is set a few miles south of Soledad, which means lonely place. This shows that loneliness is a main theme, by adding in small significant facts like this one interest the reader.

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On pages 32 and 33 George describes to Lennie how life is different for them
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I know this because the boss says, “I said what you got in this guy? You takin’ his pay away from him?”

On page 49 George plays solitaire. Solitaire is a game you play on your own so it indicates more loneliness.

On page 57 there is an example of Slims opinion. Slim is very respected by all the guys that work on the ranch and his opinions are like law. Slim comments there are not many guys that travel around together and that maybe the whole world is scared of each other.

On page 65 George and Slim have a conversation together. Slim is very intelligent and is very interested and curious about what George has to say. George talking to Slim is a change to talking to Lennie because a lot of the time George just explains the dream to Lennie or repeating things that Lennie has forgotten.

On page 67 George tells Slim about what happened in Weed. George at first hesitates to tell Slim what happened in Weed. George says “You wouldn’ tell – no , course you wouldn’.” This shows that George has been so used to not trusting anyone, he has to remind himself about how trusting Slim is.

On page 79 the rancher’s lonely life is again outlined. They go into town, go to a whorehouse, get drunk and spend all their money while they watch the time go by.

On page 87 George and Lennie believe their dream of having their own place could actually come true, but only with the
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