Loneliness in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Essay

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Loneliness in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck This book is set in a deserted, lonely country. The individuals in the story are isolated by particular features such as age, sex, disability and race. They appear to relate to each other, however, each is essential trapped by their situation. In the end they are unable to help each other to escape their loneliness or to escape their own fate. Of Mice and Men is set in the farmland of the Salinas valley, where John Steinbeck was born and which he had known all his life. Steinbeck's father owned land in the area, and as a young man Steinbeck had worked as a farm hand. The ranch in the story is near Soledad. It is an isolated community in the…show more content…
Lennie and George are inseparable and depend on each other for everything. Lennie has a perfect quote to symbolize their relationship and future as companions; "But not us! An' why? Because.... Because I got you to look after me and you got me to look after you, and that's why!" This quote signifies the strong bond and father-son like relationship these two men share together. George is always in control. George, unlike other men, has a companion and friend in Lennie. Because of this, Lennie makes George feel special. They are different from all the other guys, and George realizes only too well that they have a special bond. At the ranch, George often plays solitaire, a game for one. Without Lennie, George would be a loner. Even though George gets frustrated by Lennie's mental weakness, he also feels compassion for his friend. Lennie offers George the opportunity to lay plans, give advice, and, in general, be in charge. Candy is "a tall, stoop-shouldered old man He was dressed in blue jeans and carried a big push-broom in his left hand." His right hand is simply a stump because he lost his hand in a ranch accident. Now the owners of the ranch keep him on as long as he can "swamp" out or clean the bunkhouse. Candy gives Steinbeck an opportunity to discuss discrimination based on age and handicaps. Candy represents what happens to
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