Of Mice And Men - Loneliness

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Loneliness is a principal theme in “Of Mice and Men.” There are lots of clues that suggest loneliness. For instance, the setting in the beginning of the book is a solitary place that is apart from the farm and the rest of the country. Moreover, the name of the nearest town, where George and other men on the ranch visit, is called Soledad, which means ‘loneliness’ in Spanish. All the characters in the novel suffer from deep loneliness. 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. This paradise does not exist in the world. At the end of the novel, when George has to kill Lennie, George becomes the loneliest, because he loses not only his best friend, but also the dream that he and Lennie shared. The tragic ending’s greatest impact is that the hope for a companionship that can help and protect each other dies with Lennie. True to George’s original estimation, he will go through his life alone. Another character who suffers from loneliness is Curley’s wife. It is her sexuality that causes her loneliness. All the men on the ranch try to avoid her because they believe that women are always the cause of trouble. She longs to have someone to talk to, yet she gets restricted by her brutish husband. She does not love her husband, but she appears to be looking for him most of the time in the novel, because it is her only excuse for going to the bunk
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