Loneliness in Mice of Men

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Loneliness In the novel Of Mice and Men Loneliness is an emotion that even the strongest of people cannot avoid. During the 1930s-1940s in America, The Great Depression over ruled. In this time period, everyone is afraid of everyone. John Steinbeck’s novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ it illustrates a clear image of the many people living in loneliness. It shows the life of loneliness through character eyes. It is set in the early 1930s showing a daily life of a California Ranch. Throughout the story the details uncovered explain the sources of solitude, discrimination and prejudice. This resulting in the loneliness and isolation of individuals. In the novel three characters are the centre points of loneliness. Candy, Crooks and Curley’s Wife. Although George and Lennie have a close relationship, they have a bitter-sweet friendship. Each of them having a different role of feeling these emotions. The novel shows you how the colour of your skin, of being crippled and jealously can the reason you end up alone and on your own. One of the most important human emotions is friendship. Without friendship or company of others, people would suffer and become lost and drown in their world of unhappiness. Characters in the novel are envious towards Lennie and George, as they own a strong bond of friendship while the others dream of obtaining this kind of company and companionship. All the characters suffer with unhappiness in their lives because none of them can escape the misery of being on their own. While starting the novel we are told by George ‘Guys like us that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world.’ By this George means if they didn’t have each other, than he and Lennie would be all alone. While the novel continues to the first introduction of the ranch, everyone seems lonely. Crooks experiences the most isolation because the society is extremely racist. He

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