Of Mice & Men Loneliness Essay

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Of Mice and Men Loneliness Essay

Loneliness is an impossible fact of life that nobody can avoid especially during the Great Depression. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, a novella by John Steinbeck shows that in the early 1930s – during the Great Depression – was a period of great loneliness of men and women, therefore people are driven to find friendship in order to escape the loneliness. But barely anyone find the right companionship while a lot of them were still lonely even if they found their companions. Throughout the story, Steinbeck shows that everyone needs a friend and without friends people will suffer from loneliness inevitably. People who were being discriminated and intolerance or were deserted, they will end up in
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“He better not fool with Lennie if he knows what’s good for ‘um.” (P/g65) Lennie was just like a big baby. He refused to defend himself and often cannot be held responsible for his actions. This irresponsibility, combined with Lennie 's abnormal size and strength, causes many of the workers to avoid him. Lennie was a retarded guy who could not communicate normally, but George was there to help him out almost every time when he does not know what to do. Along with his size, it made a lot of workers to fear him and to stay away from him as they knew what he had done to Curley’s hand. Therefore, Lennie’s mentally retarded mind and his size stopped him from communicate with barely any workers at the ranch.

During the Great Depression many people are driven to find friendship in order to escape the loneliness, although a lot of them failed but some of them did success at finding friend(s). Candy was an old ranch worker who was disabled due to an accident in the past. He is now an old swamper, whom only friend was his dog but then after Carlson shot the dog for him, Candy has ever been lonelier. But when he overheard Lennie talked about the dream, the dream where he might have a chance to escape his loneliness in order to find his peace and have two companions for the rest of his life along with George and Lennie. His life had
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