The Theme Of Isolation In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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What if the only dream you have ever had is suddenly destroyed by one single empowering action and there is no going back on what wrong you committed. In Steinbeck's touching book, Of Mice and Men, Lennie and George are working steadily so they can raise up enough money to pay for their dream home, but on their journey, they meet multiple challenges. Then in a certain instance, there one dream is shattered, by a terrible action. The two most significant themes of the book are Death and Isolation.
Throughout Lennie and George’s life, death shows up repeatedly and affects both of their lives, each in different ways. Lennie’s Aunt Clara has passed away and this leaves him with no living relatives or friends. He also has no one to care for him
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"God, you're a lot of trouble," said George. "I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn't have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl”(Steinbeck 7). Unfortunately, George is laden with the responsibility of Lennie, due to the death of Lennie's Aunt. George often shows his anger since he is mad that he has been chosen to be the caretaker of Lennie. Meanwhile, Lennie is constantly behaving in ways which are not suitable or appropriate for his age or stature. All of these emotions lead up to George living a life where he knows he constantly has no companions or friends since the two of them are kicked out of every town due to Lennie. Due to this George is emotionally alone and this leads him to become even more frustrated. Lennie loves all of the little mice he finds but whenever he is allowed to hold one, he kills it accidentally with his strong grip. "I’d pet ‘em, and pretty soon they bit my fingers and I pinched their heads a little and then they was dead—because they was so little”(Steinbeck 10) .Though Lennie never intends to hurt a soul, he continually kills tiny mice over and over again. Throughout the book this symbolizes that death is an act he commits, even though they are only little
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