Of Mice and Men - Theme of Loneliness Essay

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is book of many themes; one that is very prominent is loneliness. Loneliness is common in many people's lives and that is also true for the lives of the characters of the book. Almost all characters in the book are lonely in one way or the other. The main characters of the book are George and Lennie. Even though these two seem to have each other, they are both lonesome in a way. Lennie's mental retardation isolates him from many people. George is the only person he can spend time with and many times their relationship is more then just friendship, but dependency. George feels responsible for Lennie, but knows he would be better off without him. George has to look after Lennie and clean up the messes…show more content…
Loneliness has devoured Crooks and he spends the majority of his time alone working or reading, but these things cannot be a substitute for human companionship. The last character in the book that struggles against loneliness is Curley's wife. Because of Curley's jealousy he wants her to stay inside the house at all times, which leads her to being alone and longing for the days before she married Curley. "I get lonely," she said. "You can talk to people, but I cannot talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad at me." (91) Curley's wife tries to combat her loneliness by flirting with the other workers, but when they plainly turn her down in order to stay out of trouble, it just further adds to her loneliness. All in all, it can certainly be said that loneliness is one of the central themes on which Of Mice and Men is built. Just like people today, the characters deal with difficulty dealing with and struggling against loneliness. Each character searches for companionship, because as Crooks said, "A guy needs somebody - to be near him. 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. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick."
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