Of Mice and Men

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Question: Steinbeck suggests that loneliness is at the centre of all human suffering. Discuss and show how some of the characters deal with the loneliness throughout the novella. The novella Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck is about the friendship and lives of working men and women in the 1930’s. In the novella Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck proposes that loneliness is at the heart of all human grief. However racism causes exclusion and loneliness as well. Curley’s wife is excluded and not treated with much respect; Candy is a lonely character for most of the time only has his dog to turn to. George and Lennie have each other but no one else while travelling and Crooks is discriminated against for most of the time. Curley’s wife is one of the loneliest characters in Of Mice and Men. It is through Curley’s wife that Steinbeck explores what true loneliness is. Curley’s wife gave up her dreams to be with Curley on the ranch. She “coulda been in the movies… [she could have had] nice clothes…” Curley’s wife was excluded a lot because she was the only female character in the novella. Curley had a lot of control over his wife. She never got to talk to anyone, “Why can’t I…I never get to talk to nobody”. Along with Curley’s wife Candy and his dog are excluded on the ranch. Candy is extremely lonely and left out in Of Mice and Men because of his age. Candy is the oldest character on the ranch, and only had one hand. Having one hand wasn’t good enough. Candy expressed his loneliness through his keenness to talk to all the newcomers that arrived at the ranch and his contributions he made towards George and Lennie’s dream (living and working “…off the fatta the lan”. The other ranch workers forced Candy to allow his only companion (his dog) to be shot, “…they say he wasn’t no good…” in doing this Candy became more isolated. Just like Curley and his dog George and Lennie are companions throughout Of Mice and Men. George and Lennie are...
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