Of Mice And Men : Friendship And Loneliness

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Of Mice and Men: Friendship and Loneliness Peyton Willett Period 1 In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men a man and his mentally slow best friend embark on the journey of life together. Their friendship is very strong and this is unusual due to the other characters in the book being very lonely. Every time the two men get a job Lennie makes a mistake and they are forced to leave. After all of their intense work they hope they can finally have their dream and get a place they can call their own. Between the two major themes of friendship and loneliness Steinbeck’s novel is a success. One way he establishes the theme of loneliness is through the setting itself. Part one of the novel is set in a pleasant and peaceful river a few miles south of Soledad. The river comes off very remote and isolated. This is the complete opposite of where the rest of the book is mainly set. It is set on a ranch where George and Lennie the two main characters manage to find work. The ranch displays isolation mainly through the actions characters take and the events that happen. The characters in the novel also contribute to the understanding of the theme of loneliness.George and Lennie are like two halves, “The first man was small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp strong features.” George is the smaller of the two men but has taken care of Lennie for a while, since Lennie’s Aunt Clara died and this highlights the theme of friendship. George gets
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