Of Mice And Men Alienation Analysis

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What is “Alienation”? According to www.dictionary.com, alienation is defined as, “The state of being alienated, withdrawn, or isolated from the objective world, as through indifference or disaffection.” In the book, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, alienation is the central theme. Of Mice and Men is set in the 1930’s where racism and sexism were at their worst. In the book, all characters essentially withdraw from one another due to race, gender, and fear. To begin, race is a large factor of why everyone is alienated from each other. First of all, in the book, Candy states that the boss uses Crooks to release all his anger on when he is mad. Candy explains, “The boss gives him hell when he’s mad. But the stable buck don't give a damn…show more content…
George’s opinion of this is, “Ranch with a bunch of guys on it ain’t no place for a girl…”(p 51). As George says, he thinks that she doesn’t fit in because she’s the only female. By thinking that, it alienates her from the rest. As well, Curley doesn’t let her do anything or talk to anyone, which makes her very lonely. George inquires, “Thinks Slim’s with his wife, don’t he?” (p 54). This shows that Curley always has a close eye on her to make sure she isn’t talking to anyone which alienates her. Finally, no one thinks she fits in at the ranch and they don’t want her around. Carlson protests, “Why’n’t you tell her to stay the hell home where she belongs?” (p 62). This shows that no one even likes her or wants her around. To finish, being a female can alienate you from the rest. A final point, in the 1930’s everyone was very lonely and scared of each other. Firstly, no one really cared about one another which alienated them from each other but, because George and Lennie did go around together that alienated them from the rest as well. For the reason that no one sticks together, it separates Lennie and George from the rest and makes them appear different. Furthermore, some people were intimidated by each other. An example of a person like this is Curley. The injured swamper touches on the subject that, “Curley’s like a lot of little guys. He hates the big guys” (p 26). This shows that your

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