Of Mice and Men

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Loneliness in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men
Loneliness is prevalent in John Steinbeck’s, “Of Mice and Men”.   George and Lennie are friends, but they both struggle with feelings of loneliness.   Curley’s wife is looking for attention to deal with her loneliness.   Candy is an old and crippled man that has lived a lonely life working as a ranch hand.   Crooks is a black man who is discriminated against because of his color which causes him to be lonely.   Loneliness drives George and Lennie to commit murder in hopes of avoiding further isolation.   In John Steinbeck’s, Of Mice and Men, both major and minor characters are affected by loneliness.  
Loneliness has affected the lives of George and Lennie, the major characters in Steinbeck’s story.   George and Lennie are going to work on a ranch in Soledad.   George who is the protagonist in the story feels a sense of responsibility to care for Lennie, because he is mentally disabled.   George and Lennie have known each other for many years for they were both born and raised in the town of Auburn.   George who knew Lennie’s Aunt Clara, offers to take care of Lennie after her death.   George and Lennie are friends, but they both feel a sense of loneliness.   George tells Lennie, “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world.   They got no family.   They don’t belong no place” (13).   George does not have any

family; he spends the majority of his time with Lennie.   George can’t have an intelligent conversation with Lennie, because he has the mind of a child. This is a contributing factor of why George is lonely even in his company. Lennie is lonely, because of his intelligence level. Lennie also has a fear that George will not want him around anymore.   Lennie says to George, “If you don’ want me I can go off in the hills an’ find a cave.   I can go away any time” (12).   George doesn’t want Lennie to leave for fear that he couldn’t take care of himself.   George tells Lennie,...