Of Mice And Men Theme Essay

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Explore the ways in which Steinbeck conveys the theme of Isolation in Of Mice and Men Raj Year 10
Steinbeck, in Of Mice and Men, juxtaposes Georges and Lennie’s friendship with the loneliness of the other characters to convey the theme of isolation. He does this to show how disconnected from the American Dream the ranch workers were in 1938, having worked in one himself, and the hardships they face as a result of that. Friendship was uncommon in the many American ranches in 1938; however, George and Lennie has a friendship like no other. Their trust for each other is so great that Lennie trusts George with his life. This is shown through the use of dialogue and symbolism as George tells Lennie: “Think I’d let you carry your own work
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This already differs him. At the beginning of the book Candy has a dog, which he raised since it was a puppy, and even though he interacted with other people the dog was what kept him company. Candy’s true isolation came to fore when Carlson wants to kill the dog and when Candy tried to defend him no one helped him. Steinbeck shows this through the use of dialogue and (lack of) response: “no I couldn’t do that. I had ‘im too long.”…“Candy looked at Slim to try to find some reversal (to killing the dog). And Slim gave him none.” Candy tried to fight against them killing his own dog and did everything but had no one back him up. Even Slim, who is portrayed as a nice caring person to look up to in the book, doesn’t help him. To not have anyone to back you up when defending your stuff clearly shows that he’s alone. Without Georges and Lennie’s friendship no one would realize this but because George and Lennie defend each other Candy’s isolation is shown. Steinbeck includes Candy to show that for the ranch workers the American Dream doesn’t work. Candy should be living in the countryside having a nice quiet end to his life according to the dream but he is still working at the ranch as a sweeper. Lower then a ranch
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