Of Mice And Men Loneliness Theme Essay

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Loneliness is evident for most people at some point in their life. In a way it’s inescapable, whether you chose to live that way or forced into it. In the novel Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck, it follows the story of two unlikely friends, George and Lennie and their journey through the Great Depression. Lennie has a mental disability that prevents him to think like a regular adult, so he depends on his friend George to protect him, in fact they always stay together. They find a job on a ranch and that’s where most of the story takes place and where the story follows the common theme of the “American Dream” and loneliness. George and Lennie constantly talk about their dream about owning a farm and they almost came close to it, but a series of unfortunate events occurred and that’s where theme of loneliness come into play. Steinbeck portrays that loneliness is caused by both social barriers and personal choice by exemplifying dialogues and actions of Curley's wife,…show more content…
Three main characters that show loneliness throughout the whole story were Crooks, George, and Curley’s wife. Curley’s wife was being held back by her husband and he didn’t want her talking to other men, plus she’s the only woman on the ranch. George choses to be lonely by killing his only friend. Crooks is in a circumstance where he is isolated from others because of his race and he decided to keep others out of his room and keeps a distance from the other men. People today can be in a situation where they are forced into a state of loneliness, whether it is from a disorder, race, or someone is keeping you from communicating with the world. Also a person can put themselves into loneliness by staying away from the society regarding personal choice. Steinbeck uses the common theme loneliness throughout the entire story and shows that loneliness can happen to
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