Of Mice and Men (Loneliness)

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"Of Mice and Men" essay on Loneliness is a basic part of human life. Every one becomes lonely once in a while but in Steinbeck's novella "Of Mice and Men", he illustrates the loneliness of ranch life in the early 1930's and shows how people are driven to try and find friendship in order to escape from loneliness. Steinbeck creates a lonely and blue atmosphere at many times in the book. He uses names and words such as the town near the ranch called "Soledad", which means loneliness and the card game "Solitaire" Which means by ones self. He makes it clear that all the men on the ranch are lonely, with particular people lonelier than others. In the opening chapter, Steinbeck introduces the idea of loneliness and men who work on ranches living…show more content…
I coulda made something of myself... maybe I will yet "(p.124) Because she is so lonely, she wants to think of herself as having a future ahead of her, but of course she doesn't. when Curleys Wfe is Killed by Lennie, Steinbeck describes Curley's wife as a pretier figure. He writes "..the meanness and the plannings of the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face." (p.128) This shows that now Curley's wife is dead, she now looks happy and has escaped from her loneliness. Curley's Wife is not the only one with a dream future, Crooks wishes he could be educated in the future, but like he said, "never a God damn one of `em ever gets it". Also Candy has a dream of owning a future farm with Lennie and George. Candy is an old ranch worker who is disabled due to an accident in the past. He is now a swamper, who's only companionship was his dog, until Carlson shoots it for him because it is old and useless, just like Candy. Later on in the book, he wishes he should have shot the dog himself, which is similar to the tragic fate with George and Lennie later on in the book. When his dog dies, he searches for new friendship as he does not want to grow older and older being lonely. He hopes George and Lennie will become these friends, as when he overhears them talking about their dream ranch he offers his savings into that farm, and makes George and Lennie's dream begin to turn into reality. " `S'pose I went in with you
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