Of Mice and Men Literary Analysis

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Of Mice and Men Literary Analysis

Of Mice and Men is a novel about two men and their struggle to reach their dreams of owning their own ranch. George Milton and Lennie Small are best friends, who despite of all their extremely difference personalities, but still manage to work together, travel together and get rid of anything that gets in their way. The friendship between George and Lennie is prevalent throughout the book, but it is shown most explicitly in their plan to live on a farm together in the future. The way in which this dream is articulated to represent the idealized friendship they share. The author Steinbeck uses nearly all of the characters in this novel to express the importance of having a real and true friendship.
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Also, in section five, Crooks reveals how easy it is to feel crazy when you are alone. With no one to confirm his reality, he begins to say: " 'A guy needs somebody-to be near him. ' He whined, 'A guy goes nuts if he ain 't got nobody (Steinbeck, 72)”. The importance of the relationship between George and Lennie is reinforced by Crook’s poorness. The relationship between George and Lennie is envied by the other characters who thirst for a good companionship just like them.
However, Many of the characters admit to suffering from loneliness throughout the text. As the story develops, Candy, Crooks, and Curley 's wife all confess their deep loneliness in life. Each of these characters searches for a friend, someone to help them measure the world. Loneliness is a significant factor in several characters ' lives. Candy is lonely after his dog is gone. Curley 's wife is lonely because her husband is not the guy she hoped for, so she deals with her loneliness by flirting with the men on the ranch, which causes Curley to increase his jealousy. Nevertheless, the companionship of George and Lennie is also the result of loneliness. "A guy goes nuts if he ain 't got nobody. Don 't make no difference who the guy is, long 's he 's with you (Steinbeck, 72)”. The author further
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