Of Mice And Men Alienation Analysis

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Of Mice and Men is a great representation of it’s era because it demonstrates the depression and alienation felt during this time. One way it shows the depression of this time, was through the hard working environments and the emotions that came with working there. A prime example of this is when George says “ Guys like us, that work on the ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong in no place. They come to a ranch an’ work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they’re pounding in’ their tail on some other ranch. They ain’t got nothing to look ahead to” (Steinbeck 13-14). This fits it’s era well because during this time, many men traveled around working…show more content…
You can tell by the tone of the conversation Crooks isn’t just talking about some guy, but rather himself, and that he sometimes feels like he doesn't know what’s what anymore, because of the loneliness he feels. He’s trying to convey his feels of isolation and the only person who’s bothered to talk to him is Lennie, and Lennie isn’t even focused on the conversation. Before Lennie sat down, Crooks insisted he leave him alone, and the longer Lennie sits there the more open Crooks becomes, and the more open he become, the vulnerable he feels, because he is afraid of saying the wrong thing to the wrong person. In this statement, we see him asking Lennie how does a man cope with these feelings of alienation, and because Lennie doesn’t provide an answer, he fills in the blanks himself, trying to make sense of his life. Although there are many characters throughout the book who demonstrate their era, Crooks and George and Lennie gives us the best insight to how people of this time felt and how they coped with what they
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