The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness. Of Mice and Men is a novella written by the author John Steinbeck. It tells a story of George Milton and Lennie Small; two displaced ranch workers, who are constantly searching for a new job during The Great Depression in California. John Steinbeck displays loneliness from the standpoint of average men living and working on a farm searching for friendship to escape their loneliness. In Of Mice and Men, other than the friendship, the story portrays people who are isolated and lonely like George, who has the responsibility of taking care of Lennie and keeping him out of trouble, Lennie, who is mentally disabled, and lastly, Curley’s wife, who desperately seeks for the attention she has always lacked.
Everyone can feel loneliness or isolation in their life. In Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men two men, Lennie and George, travel to a farm, full of isolation for work, in hopes of raising enough money to pursue their dreams. Lennie is a big man with mental disabilities who does not know his own strength and George is his friend who helps take care of him. On the farm Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife which ends up also killing their dream. Steinbeck’s use of dialogue, word choice, and characterization develops his belief that isolation and loneliness is caused by both personal choice and social barriers depending on the character.
Of Mice and Men captures all of the aspects of the time period that affect the dreams of the characters. Whether it be race, gender, or disability no character lets their dream be out of reach. The characters’ loneliness is also diminished because they form friendships and come together to form a dream that includes them all. Lennie can never reach his dream because of his cruel fate, Curley’s Wife never reaches hers, and the other men fall short in achieving their dream, as well. The Great Depression was a time in which it was hard to pursue a dream and even harder to achieve it.
Candy and his dog are best friends. They work and play together. The love and affection Candy has for his dog is very apparent. Candy is devastated at the loss of his pet but the idea of being able to live at George and Lennie’s dream ranch lifts his spirit. Crooks goes through life without a true friend and no one to talk to.
A symbol of Candy himself, the dog was once a great sheepherder but as time passes, neither past accomplishments nor current emotional ties matter as the dog has outlived his usefulness and is killed. It is this bleak truth of Steinbeck’s Darwinian social world, in which the unfit will be disposed of, that compels Candy to help fund George’s and Lennie’s dream. Candy wishes to live his last days with a feeling of peace, belonging and security. More
When I relocated from Hong Kong to Shanghai, life was difficult. It have made me depressed and isolated from the other students. Hope and motivation can get some people out of isolation, sometimes, it won’t. In the book “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, the author uses minor characters of Crooks, Curley’s Wife and Candy to show how difficult life can make people isolated and depressed. Crooks is the only black worker in the ranch and he is often discriminated which leads to his isolation.
In part two of the novel Of Mice and Men, the narrator introduces us to another lonely character in the book; Crooks, “For Crooks was a proud aloof man. He kept his distance and demanded that other people keep theirs.” Steinbeck present Crooks as a loner and isolated from the others. Isolation is an important theme in this novella as nearly all the characters including Candy and Curley’s wife have profound sense of loneliness and isolation. John Steinbeck presents us with three important themes of his novel such as isolation, the impossibility of the American dream, which is greatly developed in part two of the book and the animal imagery associated with Lennie in the novel. In the novella, Crooks and Curley’s wife struggle with loneliness
When the book Mice and Men starts, We meet two of the main characters named Lennie Small, and George Milton. Lennie acts as if he is a lunatic. George acts if he was Lennies father. The men are heading towards a ranch in order to work. We learn Lennie is fascinated with touching the softness of items such as a dress, which got them ran out of their last home.
CLAIM: Some people are too dangerous to be in a communities. George’s decision of shooting Lennie in the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is ethical, according to the Common Good Approach, because Lennie has murdered Curley’s wife and other living things. The ranch workers were outside of the barn having a good time playing horseshoe and Lennie is inside of the barn with his soft puppy he likes to pet. Curley’s wife decides to join Lennie inside the barn and she begins to talk about her hair and how soft and well taken care of her hair is. Curley’s wife lets Lennie to touch her soft hair however, when Lennie puts his hands in her hair, he holds onto it and doesn’t let go of her hair, Curley’s wife starts screaming in panic which makes
During the depression period dream is the spirit of people. George and Lennie are together because there is no family set up for them in the novel. They are lonely guys George says, “guy like us—are the loneliest guys in the world…they don’t belong no place… they got nothing to look ahead to” (Of Mice and Men 79). So gradually they have join in any of others or create a group. Here George chooses Lennie as his group mate, a halfwit man who have more strength then George but has a good and innocent soul.