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Outsiders In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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David Chase a writer for the show Sopranos once said, “I said it's a cold universe and I don't mean that metaphorically. If you go out into space, it's cold. It's really cold and we don't know what's up there. We happen to be in this little pocket where there's a sun. What have we got except love and each other to guard against all that isolation and loneliness?”. Like society today, in Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men there are many outsiders. Ranging from women to people of color. People with differences are looked down upon. Every character is an outsider in their own way. Steinbeck uses the outsider to prove isolation occurs when people have differences. Throughout the novel the men on the ranch perceive Lennie as more naive than usual. He is not like the other guys on the ranch. He likes to do things usually only kids like to do such as playing with puppies and rabbits, “Sure he’s jes’ like a kid. There ain’t no more harm in him than a kid neither [...] He’d sleep right alongside that box in the barn”(Steinbeck 21). While the others at the ranch are more selfish, Lennie likes to think of others. He loves to care for the smaller things in life. Because he mainly only hangs out with animals and George, the others isolate him from the group. He is often isolated because the way he acts, “If you don’ want me I can go off in the hills an’ find a cave. I can go away any time”(6). Because George and Lennie often argue he thinks he deserves to live alone and never talk to
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