How Does Steinbeck Present Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

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Loneliness In the novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, there are two men George Milton and Lennie Small who share the same dream of owning their own ranch someday. This novel was written during the Great Depression where many people would go out and find work. Represented by the characters George and Lennie the two men show the hardship of finding work. George and Lennie were two lucky men who had the companionship many others did not. Other men like Carlson, Crooks, Candy, and Slim would go out on their own and would often be very lonely as they didn’t have any family with them. While many men in this age live on their own, they need to find a person or object to take hold of for companionship. The companionship between George and Lennie is unbreakable and many times the other ranch hands are jealous of their relationship. When George and Lennie first arrive on the ranch, they are met by a man named Candy. Candy is and old man who relies on his dog to act as a companion. Many times it is seen in the novel that he is lonely, and as he sits in his bunk, he does not speak a word to anyone else. As the days go on many of the men in the shack told Candy that his dog “ain’t no good to you Candy. An’ he ain’t no good to himself” (44). Candy is crushed by what the men say, but agree that the only thing he has left from his past needs to die now. This takes a toll on Candy and has him thinking on a new plan that Lennie gave out. The plan is to live on a new ranch in a month
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