Of Mice And Men Friendship And Loneliness Essay

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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. One of the most important benefits of life is to have a friend. Without friends, people will suffer from loneliness which is seen in this novel. Not everyone in the novel has the same connection and special friendship like George and Lennie’s. Friendship is seen when we discover that Lennie didn’t really have a place in the world. After his aunt died, George took him under his wing. This is seen this on page 22, when George gives compliments to Lennie to the boss in order to get Lennie the job. “Oh! I ain’t saying he’s bright. He ain’t. But I say he’s a damn good worker. He can put up a four hundred pound bale.” Although Lennie wasn’t very intelligent, George made Lennie think otherwise. George was always…show more content…
These reasons include differences in gender, as is the case with Curley's wife, who just wants someone to talk to but is suspected of having other motives, like it appears in the book as if she is trying to cheat on her husband. Curley’s wife is always wondering the ranch seeking attention from other men. The men talk badly of Curley’s wife because they know exactly what she is up to. As seen on page 28 when the swamper says, “I seen her give Slim the eye. Curley never seen it. An’ I seen her give Carlson the eye. This shows that Curley’s wife felt little attention from her own husband so she chose to seek it from the other men on the ranch. She felt alone in her
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