Human Interaction In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Wolves are very social creatures that rely on their pack to survive. As they travel together in packs, they are able to use each other as protection and support each other. Humans are very similar in this sense, as they benefit from need to interacting with others in order to sustain strong mental health and avoid troublekeep from causing problems. Human interaction plays a very important role in society. Without it, people become lonely and get into trouble. John Steinbeck demonstrates this idea through his characters in Of Mice and Men. During the time the novel takes place, human interaction was very uncommon due to societal norms. This lack of interaction becomes a huge problem on the ranch for certain characters. As race and sexuality …show more content…

When Lennie gingerly enters Crooks’ room without his permission, Crooks responds abruptly and tries to remove Lennie as quickly as possible. However, he later decides to invite him in to have a conversation with him. As Crooks talks to Lennie he mentions his anguished thoughts and explains, “‘A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he with you. I tell ya,’ he cried, ‘I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick’” (Steinbeck 72-73). Interactions with other people are the only cure for loneliness. The longer without this interaction, the worse it is going to get. Crooks is a perfect example of how loneliness can tear someone apart. He finds it difficult to interact with anyone because he's the ranch's only black man. He thinks he has no one and feels alone and alienated. He gets frustrated by this causing him to lash out at people for seemingly insignificant acts. These actions that he shows towards people are cured as soon as he invites Lennie in to talk. Loneliness is only cured by human interaction because without it people are bitter and …show more content…

Before going to the ranch, tramps George and Lennie sit down by the river bank and talk. They talk about their experiences in the past and all the times Lennie has got into trouble without George. George scolds him for this saying, “‘You get in trouble. You do bad things and I got to get you out’” (Steinbeck 11). When being alone people do things they do not usually do around others. Lennie is an example of this because every time he is without George he finds himself in a rough situation. George is a steady backbone for Lennie he keeps him out of trouble and from turning the ranch into debris. Lennie’s actions are primarily due to some of his lack of interaction with people. When Lennie is disengaged his actions resemble the ones of an innocent child. Human interaction is key to keeping people's deeds from getting out of control and becoming a scourge to

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