Of Mice and Men Theme

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Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is a book of many themes, but two of the most important themes are clearly emphasized through the different characters dialogue and actions. George and Lennie are two ranch hands that travel together, with George watching over the mentally inferior Lennie. When they start work at a new ranch, several different characters are introduced. Two afflictions that seem to face several characters is the need for companionship and loneliness, created by factors such as the character’s lifestyles and by social standards of the time period. Throughout the novel, Steinbeck shows how loneliness and the need for companionship are unhealthy and dangerous to a person's well-being through the characters. These themes are first introduced in the novel when George talks to Lennie about the advantage they have over other lonely workers of the time. George describes how other ranch hands, unlike themselves, who travel alone has nothing to look forward to, and no one to look after them. He also tells Lennie how other workers would just work up money and blow it at a bar because they has nowhere else to go, no one else to look after them. George explains how Lennie and himself are different from those lonely workers when he says, “With us it ain’t like that, we got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us” (15). Because of Lennie and George’s relationship, they are able to focus on their dream of having their own farm someday, instead of falling into a routine of moving from ranch to ranch and wastefully spending their pay at the end of the month. As he explains to Slim, “I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain’t no good. They don’t have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get wantin’ to fight all the time” (45). George appreciates Lennie’s companionship, because he knows that being alone can lead
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