One’s self has experienced loneliness from choice or forced into isolation. The novel ¨Of Mice and Men¨ written by John Steinbeck, took place during the Great Depression, near Soledad, California. The protagonist, George and the antagonist, Lennie are mid aged, white men who are working on a ranch with other mid aged, white men. Along with ones who aren’t as focused at the time, such as Crooks, the negro or black, Curley’s wife, the woman and, Candy, the old and weak man were treated differently from all the white, strong males in the novel due to the setting the novel. This making distance in relationships in Of Mice and Men, isolating these characters into loneliness.
The theme of loneliness is developed in chapter four in Of Mice and Men by explaining the situations that the characters are in with great detail. Unquestionably, loneliness is shown in the chapter when the author shows how Crooks lives his life. When Lennie first enters Crooks’ room, it seems like Crooks doesn’t want Lennie to be there. Crooks says, “You got no right to come in my room. This here’s my room.
In the novel ‘of mice and men’ taking place in the time period of the great depression, two men desperately seeking for jobs after being fired from their last one due to an unfortunate accident. They secure a job at a ranch in soledad where they wish to raise up enough money to achieve their dreams. The ranch is made up with lots of loneliness and solitude. Many characters show examples of loneliness and how it affects them including George, Lennie, Curley 's wife, Candy, and Crooks. Steinbeck teaches us that life is not easy or happy without a companion to talk to.
In the book Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck, he writes about two men one named Lennie and one named George having a dream, but is ruined through the troubles of Lennie 's doings. This book was written in the 1930’s talking about migrant workers and how they survived through that era. In that era all migrant workers preferably work alone, but with George and Lennie they stick together because Lennie is a more challenged person so he doesn 't know his wrong doings which causes lots of trouble for George. On page 94, one of the most significant passages is written on having a dialogue between George and Candy about how they were unable to get the farm because Lennie had ruined their chances of getting it. Steinbeck creates a motif of loneliness through the different characters he writes about, ties in different strands of the story to make one storyline, and foreshadows events to come.
In Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men the main theme is Loneliness and Isolation. Steinbeck really creates an image in your head of the life of the migrated ranch men. He hides the fact the characters are isolated in the language he uses. The town that the ranch is close to is called “Soledad” which means loneliness in spanish. In latin “Solitaire” (the card game the men play) means alone and isolated.
Steinbeck shows the effects of isolation through different characters' interactions with Crooks. One thing we see in the book is that some people bring loneliness on themselves. The author tells us, "He kept his distance and demanded that other people keep theirs" (Steinbeck, 67.) This passage suggests that Crooks wanted other people on the ranch to stay away from him. Another concept we learn is that loneliness causes sickness in some people.
In Of Mice and Men, loneliness is a prominent theme that reveals itself in many instances throughout the book. It seems that nearly all the characters possess it in some way, shape, or form, but they do not all show it in the same manner. Being lonely can cause tragedies to occur similar to the death of Curley’s wife, or it can create a cloud over someone, causing his or her ultimate end. A couple of characters that seclusion is very noticeable in are Curley’s wife and Crooks. They go about life being secluded, but they show it in different ways.
¨Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.¨-Mother Teresa. Seclusion is painful. There is nobody to open up to, nobody to help bear the weight of stressors, and nobody to empathise with. Almost everybody has experienced seclusion during their lifetime. While loneliness is less apparent in everyday life, it is a common motif in books.
During the early 1930s America’s economy was suffering in The Great Depression which in turn affected America’s people causing starvation, poverty, both physical and emotional stress, and a high rate of men leaving their families; leaving both men and women feeling hopeless and lonely. During this time author John Steinbeck, wrote “Of Mice and Men”; this book takes place at a ranch in Salinas Valley, California where he tells the story of two friends George and Lennie. Throughout the book you get a sense of poverty and the humanity of the characters. In “Of Mice and Men”, author John Steinbeck portrays how loneliness affects everyone in the 1930s by using the characters relationships with one another.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is one of the most widely read modern novels in high schools today. John Steinbeck uses dialogue that can be seen in the times of The Great Depression but also does an outstanding job by making it sound familiar and seem more accessible in the eyes of young readers. The book's main focus is ranch travelers struggling to find work in the 1930’s. Steinbeck uses the themes of friendship and loneliness that is vastly seen in the characters of George and Lennie as well as Candy and Curley's wife.
The reason why loneliness is a main topic for Of Mice and Men is because all the loneliness the place were Lennie and George was called Soledad which can be translated to loneliness. Many characters in the story are lonely one of the loneliest characters is Crooks because of the racial prejudice and besides that Crooks is badly injured to escape his loneliness he reads. The second loneliest character is Curleys wife she is perceived as “jail bait” because she is so young.
Imagine a world where human interaction ceased to exist. As humans, we would all live in a state of loneliness. How would everyday life differ compared to the real world? John Steinbeck portrays a clear understanding of the idea of loneliness within “Of Mice and Men,” through his characters, where certain individual’s lives are impacted negatively. We witness a negative impact take place on Crook’s and Curley’s wife.