Essay about The Theme of Loneliness in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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The Theme of Loneliness in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck This essay will describe the way loneliness is shown in 'Of Mice and Men.' Most of the characters are lonely and the only thing that keeps them alive is their dreams. Some of the loneliest characters we come across in the novel are Candy, an old man with only one hand, Crooks, a black cripple and Curley's Wife, a woman who has no name; she is lonely even though she is married. Although they are all on the ranch together, they are lonely because of who they are and their history. 'Of Mice and Men' is a story with many different themes and characters. George Milton and Lennie Small are friends who travel together. They both share the…show more content…
They whole ranch appear to be a bit jealous of them to, because most of them only have themselves and no one else. People who appear to be very jealous are people such as Crooks, Candy, Curley's wife and maybe Slim are jealous of their relationship. Although both George and Lennie are close friends, they are still lonely because they are not very similar. Lennie is lonely in the sense that there is no one who is as simple-minded as he is, however he does not realise this, as he is too busy playing with his pup. When George and Lennie first arrive on the ranch, they are met by Candy. Candy and his dog's relationship are a bit like George and Lennie's relationship. In the same way, that Candy gets comfort in his dog, Lennie seeks comfort in George. Candy has a parental role towards his dog, just as George has a parental role towards Lennie. Lennie can be compared with the dog because he listens, but does not talk; this obviously makes him good for people to talk to, and share their feelings. Both Lennie and Candy's dog are shot by the same gun (Carlson's luger). This makes them very similar, and is a goof comparison. 'He ain't no good to you Candy. An' he ain't no good to himself. Why'n't you shoot him Candy?' His suggestion is good for the other men in the bunk- house but he doesn't seem to
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