Examples Of Isolation In Of Mice And Men

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At the beginning of the book “Of Mice and Men”, when John Steinbeck (the narrator) writes, “They had walked in single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other; both were dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons. Both wore black, shapeless hats and both carried tight blanket rolls slung over their shoulders”, he introduces us to Lennie and George, we as readers know right away that there is an inequality between the two men: one man is walking behind another. Furthermore, the two men are dressed identically. It is perhaps a way to point up the idea that inequality will always be part of a relationship, but we should try to make the relationship as equal as possible. Of Mice and Men is a novel that tells the story of two migrant ranch workers George Milton and Lennie Small who move from town to town in California in search of job opportunities, with the dream of one day having a ranch of their own. Steinbeck idealizes …show more content…

Candy who is an old handyman, aging and left with only one hand as a result of an accident, presents us a good definition of an isolated and lonely person “A guy on a ranch don’t never listen nor he don’t ast no question” (page 26), in other words not conversationalist with silence being his companion. Candy is so isolated and lonely that he does not have a relative to whom he could give his money once he passes away “I’d make a will an’leave my share to you guys in case I kick off, cause I ain’t got no relatives or nothin”, (page 60) these words said by Candy emphasizes George’s statement about ranchers not having relatives to care for them .Candy is so desperate to get out of loneliness, to have people he could leave with and talk to, that he is ready to give them all his money and do small jobs at Lennie and George’s dream farm, this accentuate how much the state of being isolated is a suffering that no one desires to be

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