Of Mice and Men

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In the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck, loneliness is portrayed in many ways and contributes to many of the characters reasons for being who they are and the way that they behave. I will talk about how the 1930’s great depression contributed to making the characters have a sense of loneliness and how these people dealt with loneliness in different ways. Loneliness is the feeling of isolation and no hope or dreams in your life-which is what Steinbeck achieves by portraying this theme effectively through key fictional characters in Of Mice and Men. By living in the town of ‘Soledad’ (Spanish for loneliness), the audience gets an overwhelming sense of the depressing environment that the migrant farmers are living through by their repetitive lifestyle and the consequences they face through the Great Depression. From the beginning of the novel we get a sense of Lennie’s reliance upon George and even though George has Lennie for company it seems as though Lennie is like his shadow, forever following him everywhere. No matter where he goes, Lennie follows and it isn’t as if George can leave him to fend for himself, he has to look after him all of the time like he is a parent for Lennie rather than a friend or companion. George always talks about how if Lennie wasn’t there he could have a girl by now, but George couldn’t leave Lennie because he loves him. George is isolated because Lennie is not of the same mental level as him, so there is no one to talk to and as he often says, "I could live so easy without you." Lennie could also be seen as lonely because he is isolated, and commanded not to talk to certain people by George, by doing so he restricts Lennie's freedom using the threat of Lennie not being able to "tend the rabbits." When Crooks is first introduced he is not named by his first name, but by “Stable Buck” or “Negro Buck”.  Crooks is isolated because of his skin colour, "S'pose you couldn't go in the bunkhouse and...
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