Of Mice and Men Soledad Means Loneliness Why This This Relevant?

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Soledad means loneliness. Why is this relevant in Of Mice and Men? Of Mice and Men is situated in Soledad which means loneliness in Spanish. In this story, the characters are lonely because although they are all together they all feel very much on their own. For example, Lennie is with George all the time but Lennie always feels on his own and is scared that George will leave him and is always seeking his approval as a child would seek the approval of a parent. George and Lennie do not see themselves as lonely as the other characters because they have each other and a dream to go away one day together. In the novel there are two main characters, Lennie and George, who are friends. Lennie is a simple man who seems to have the mind of a child; George feels a need to look after Lennie and so takes on the role of a protective parent or brother. The novel begins with Lennie who has a mouse in his pocket; George then takes it out and throws it away, making Lennie get into a temper. George takes Lennie to a ranch where he tells him to say nothing as he feels if he lets him speak he would muck everything up. He then tells Lennie that everything would be easier if he wasn’t around. Lennie is terrified that George will leave him because Lennie totally relies on George. George knows he won’t leave him but likes to threaten him. George plans for the two of them to work at the ranch and to save money so they can buy a house and a couple of acres of land and a farm and live off the land. When they get to the ranch, they meet a few people, the angry boss, his son Curley, Curley’s wife, “the old swamper” Candy, Slim and Crooks. Curley then becomes upset as he is starting to miss his wife. He then sees Lennie grinning and picks a fight with him. He starts beating up Lennie who is too scared to fight back until George tells him to. Then Lennie crushes Curley’s hand. Crooks

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