“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty”(Mother Teresa). This quote best illustrates the theme throughout the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. The characters in this novel are constantly being placed in and out of farms in the early 1930’s. The author embellishes how the characters are trying to find a way out of their stage of loneliness; this is proven when they are forced into finding friendships. There are three characters that illustrate the theme in the novel Of Mice and Men, these people are Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s Wife. These characters all show the same trait of loneliness, but in different perspectives.
True friendship proves the good in life while loneliness proves the hardships and sadness that can come from isolation.In John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, the characters show the power of loneliness and the perseverance of friendship.Though the characters of Crooks, Candy, and Curley's wife, Steinbeck demonstrates that isolation is damaging while community provides hope.
Loneliness is not only being unhappy from lack of companionship, but it has many different components. For example, someone can have many friends and still feel lonely, when another can be all alone and feel satisfied with his/her life. John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men portrays loneliness throughout the novel and how it impacts the characters. Attention seeking, isolation and violence are some of the many negative behavior effects shown from lonesomeness.
A key aspect of any novel or story is the way the characters interact and feel towards everything. In John Steinbeck’s, “Of Mice and Men”, the characters tend to give off the effect of loneliness and the feeling of isolation throughout the novel. The main characters that give off the effect of loneliness and the feeling of isolation are Curley’s wife, Crooks, and George. They’ve been truly alone, if not in mind then in body.
We all may have had the feeling of loneliness and isolation, wanting companionship feeling abandonment. In John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, there are men living on a ranch having their own reasons for loneliness or being isolated. The three characters Crooks, George, and Lennie crusade dealing with own ways of loneliness and isolation. Crooks has no one that likes him because he’s black, Lennie struggles mentally and George struggles with always having to care for him. They all can’t decide whether it is that they want to be alone or not. Steinbeck displays through the dialogue and characterizations that these characters experience isolation because of both social barriers and personal choice.
Loneliness and isolation is an ongoing theme throughout the novel Of Mice and Men, experienced by several characters to different degrees. Some characters are more isolated and lonely than others, yet every character in the story goes through this theme during one point in the story. There are various reasons why each character is lonely or isolated. In general, all the ranch workers feel some sort of loneliness because they move alone from ranch to ranch and do not have real connections with others, Curley’s wife experiences this theme because she is the only woman on the ranch and nobody wants to interact with her because Curley is very protective and hostile of her. Thirdly, Candy struggles through being lonely and isolated after Carlson shot his dog and because Candy does not work with the others since he is a swamper. Lastly Crooks goes through this theme because he has to stay in a room next to the barn and is isolated from the others because he is black. Steinbeck uses different factors to portray the loneliness and isolation within characters such as physical or mental, which then deliver various messages to readers.
Imagine a world where people didn’t really care what one said to another, and neither cared enough to ask each other questions. A place where everyone existed in silence, but were together at the same time. As portrayed in the novel, Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck, in which Steinbeck’s idea of loneliness is isolation in silences. The author teaches the reader that friendship is mostly about conversation, and magnifies the effects of isolation through the eyes of Crooks, Curley’s wife and Candy.
First, loneliness is the sadness caused by having no friends or company, and friendship is a state of mutual trust and support between people, they are polar opposites, yet a person may acclaim to have both. For example today a person may have a friend, or many, but still will face loneliness in their life in one way or another. This is shown in Of Mice and Men periodically throughout the novel, knowing this the reader is challenged with such themes, the enticing beauty of friendship between George and Lennie, and the gloomy dreaded idea of loneliness shown by Curley’s wife, Candy, Crooks, and again Lennie. Among these characters the reader may also feel a connection between themselves and the characters, even though the world now and during the publication of Of Mice and Men has changed a lot. The world has reformed, and developed exponentially so, however friendship and loneliness is still a facet of everyday
John Steinbeck depicts isolation very well in his book “Of Mice and Men”. He portrays the need for companionship as well. John Steinbeck shows isolation and the need for companionship through setting, relationships, and characterization in his book, “Of Mice and Men”.
Although they are not always noticed, discrimination and invisible barriers have always surrounded everyday life. In the prized novella, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck he illustrates the early eighteenth-century ranch life. During the Great Depression, it is shown that some people may be driven to find friendship in order to escape their loneliness. Two long-lived companions, George Milton and Lennie Smalls travel together facing various difficulties. The two characters create a binding friendship that is to be cherished and admired upon any individual who seeks a genuine relationship. The barriers that people cross in trying to maintain their loneliness, drives their actions and thoughts. Characters try to get over their obstacles by searching for friendship to escape their loneliness.
Companionship plays a huge role in people’s daily lives. It is extremely important for many reasons and from many aspects. (what reason?) Mankind cannot live without companionship; individuals cannot achieve dreams or goals without interacting with others. In the novella, Of Mice and Men, the author, John Steinbeck, portrays the importance of companionship through the journey of two inseparable characters during the Great Depression. The main characters, George and Lennie are migrant ranch workers, who are constantly searching for jobs during this terrible time of poverty. During their journey, many incidents occurred because of Lennie’s childlike mind, but George did not abandon his friend. Instead he kept Lennie close with him and guided him along the way. Steinbeck portrays
Of Mice and Men is a very lonesome Novel. Each character has their own style of loneliness and expresses the feeling in several kinds of ways. Throughout John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men, Loneliness is shown between a couple of important characters such as Lennie, Crooks, and Curley's wife.
What do you think aloneness means? To me it means you have people there but you still are alone. In the book Of Mice and Men John talks about aloneness even though they all have someone to talk to. George is the main person who is going through aloneness. Aloneness is kinda like depression Because most people are sad not lonely.
Lennie and George had a very strong connection that without noticing it they not only had each other but they needed each other. According to the story, Lennie and George have known each other for quite a while causing them to grow closer. Throughout the story, readers can infer how Lennie and George's relationship helps them get through challenges. For example, in the story it states,” Look, Lennie. I want you to look around here. You can remember this place can't you? The ranch is about a quarter mile up that way. Well, look. Lennie- if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before I want you to come right here an’ hide in the bush.”(Steinfeld) As readers can tell throughout the novel, George cares for Lennie by making sure he is safe, without George, Lennie would have stirred up more trouble. Another example of George helping LEnnie overcome a challenge is when Lennie gets in a fight. “Lennie took his hands aways from his faces and looked for George, and Curley slashed at his eyes. the big face was covered with blood. George yelled again,” I said get him.” (Steinfeld) Lennie cares for George because he wants George to be happy and stay with him not be upset at him. Lennie even offers to leave if he makes George's life too complicated, of course George denied this offer. Lastly, although many might not see it as helping Lennie out of a challenge George shoots Lennie in the head. (Steinfeld)
The story, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, is about two friends named George Milton and Lennie Small. George is the smart and clever one and is always watching out for Lennie because he has brain of a small child and always getting himself in trouble. George and Lennie are looking for a new job after they were chased out town after Lennie, who likes to pet soft things, petted a woman too hard. They were able to find a new job on a ranch in Soledad, California. They wanted to save up money so they can buy their own ranch. On their new job they meet their new co-workers Slim, Carlson, Candy, and Crooks. As well on the ranch are Curley and his wife, who has no name. One afternoon, on the ranch Lennie goes into the barn to pet some puppies.