Theme Of Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

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The author, John Steinbeck, is famous for pieces including The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck was born February 27, 1902, and unfortunately passed away on December 20, 1968, at 66 years old. Of Mice and Men is set in the time period of The Great Depression. The Great Depression was the worst economic downturn in history. It started when the stock market crashed in 1929. World War II marks the end of this economic downfall that will forever be remembered. In his novella, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses the characters of George, Candy, and Crooks to contribute towards the overall theme of loneliness. To begin, George displays loneliness by needing a companion with him through his journey to try and acquire his own farm on which he is not required to always be slaving for minimal pay. George is one of the protagonists within Of Mice and Men with his partner, Lennie, being the other. Lennie and George are both migrant farm workers. George is a little guy, but he is regarded as the leader of the two. While George is intelligent, Lennie suffers from a cognitive impairment. Lennie’s stature is that of a giant. Throughout Of Mice and Men, Lennie is compared to animals such as a bear, a horse, and a bull, all of which are awfully large. These two partners in crime don’t always prosper however. George angrily shouts, “God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy… You keep me in hot water all the time” (Steinbeck 11). Even though Lennie causes
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