Loneliness In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The novel "Of Mice and Men", by Steinbeck is a story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers who are basically the exact opposite of each other. Lennie is the strong, big, and mentally challenged one and George Milton is the short and smart one. They move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States. In the novel, Steinbeck uses symbols such as the ranch, Candy's dog, Curley's wife, and solitaire to deepen the theme of loneliness.
In John Steinbeck's novel "Of Mice and Men," The ranch is a stark, harsh environment. where the mice and men live in loneliness and disheartened. Major time in the novel has been spent on the “ranch”; it is a powerful symbol that represents the harsh realities of life during the Great Depression and how the conditions were at that time. The quote “Guys like …show more content…

Curley's wife symbolizes the loneliness and isolation that the characters experience. Curley's wife is described as a "tart" and a "troublemaker" because of the trouble she caused for Lennie."Think I don't like to talk to somebody ever' once in a while? Think I like to stay in the house alla time?"(Steinbeck 78) symbolizes her loneliness. Also tells us that this is not a place for a woman because she is stuck in the house all of the time. She has no one to talk to. We can empathize with her. She does what she does because she is lonely but the manner she does it is not right." I saw too many you guys"(Steinbeck 78) thus the quote symbolizes the dangers of the American Dream. She is depicted as a flirtatious woman who is looking for someone to rescue her from her unhappy life, which is a reflection of the false promise of the American Dream. The characters are searching for something better, but in the end, they find only disappointment and

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