They all want to have a friend who can be like brothers to one another, but they never get to have one. George, although he has Lennie as a company, is still a lonely man. He sets the tone for the novel early when he reminds Lennie that the life of a ranch-hand is among the loneliest of lives. The fact that George always plays solitaire (solitaire means alone) even with other people around him also suggests his loneliness. George and Lennie have a dream of owning a little farm where they can have freedom and happiness.
Every guy looks and thinks of it suspicious that two men can travel around together and have such a strong relationship. ‘Well I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy’ When the owner of the ranch says this it portrays that because loneliness is the way of life for the majority of people, seeing such a strong bond didn’t seem normal. Furthermore Steinbeck shows life for men at this particular time to be never ending. In both sections one and six, he sets the same scene. Of it being down by the river with the ‘rocky gabilon mountains’ a side sand with sycamores.
The reason I think so is because spiritual, mental, and emotional aspects are much more significant than physical aspects. The story Of Mice and Men took place during the Great Depression, where close friendship between people was rare and unusual, and George benefited because he had a companion that traveled with him and always stayed with him. Lennie told George that if he is causing too much trouble for George, he can live in a cave alone, but George did not accept. When George shot Lennie (for Lennie’s benefit) and the friendship ended, George became extremely lonesome and he desired a friend like Lennie. Back to The Mighty, Kevin and Max realized that they had something in common.
Anna Grace Gamble Mrs. Yance Pre-AP English 10 October 2014 “Sometimes you have to be your own hero, because sometimes the people you can’t live without, can live without you.” I feel that this quote relates to George and Lennie’s relationship. Lennie couldn’t live without George, and for a while we thought George couldn’t live without Lennie. We learn near the end of the book that this isn’t the case. If Lennie would have been capable of realizing this, he probably could have become independent and prolonged his life. In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses protective, careful, and harsh to depict that the character of George is important to the story line.
A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick" Crooks the black stable buck said this quote. In my opinion I would say that crooks would be one of the loneliest characters in the novel. Crooks has to go through life on the ranch without any real friends and no one to talk to.
The novel combines the theme of friendship; Steinbeck uses characters; George and Lennie and Candy and his dog to portray the special bond within each pair. John Steinbeck develops the theme of friendship through characters, by focusing the theme around the idea of two men, completely opposite in every way, have come together and stuck together whilst at this time most people had nothing, due to the Great Depression. At that time itinerant workers were the “loneliest guys in the world”.
The dreams in “Of Mice and Men” are used by Steinbeck to signify characters in the book that have the potential to aspire to something better. Many people on the ranch are individuals who live in the reality that their lives are very isolated and often futile as they work for The Boss on the ranch and he has absolute control. None of the workers
Name Miss Connell English 1 (H) Due Date Loneliness in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men suggests that loneliness and isolation drive different social outsiders together. George is the first character in the novel to suggest that the loneliness itinerant ranch hands naturally face leads them to seek companionship. When he and Lennie settle in for the night before going to the Tyler Ranch, he says to Lennie, “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They ain’t got nothing to look ahead to.
George was a small tough guy that always had to watch over Lennie. Once they got to Soledad, he stopped watching over him knowing that Lennie was capable of hurting someone without trying to. The book states, “Yeah?” said Crooks, “An’ where’s George now? In town in a whorehouse.” (Page 76) George had left Lennie alone at the ranch while he was out with the guys at a whorehouse. If George had payed more attention to Lennie and what he was up to, then Lennie probably wouldn’t have killed Curly’s wife.
Rip was a lazy man who helped others but never did his own work. He is described as a man who "was ready to attend to any body's business but his own; but as to doing family duty, and keeping his farm in order, it was impossible" (Irving 938). Van Winkle had a staunch wife whom he dreaded and two unkempt children. His farm was slowly wasting away and his dog Wolf was his only "domestic adherent". Rip would go to the town's inn and sit with his friends and discuss past issues in old newspapers.