Of Mice and Men

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Megan Clift

American Literature B

Ms.Allen

8 April 2012

OMAM Essay

While George and Lennie are lucky enough to have the companionship of each other, the struggle to overcome loneliness is experienced by the rest of the characters. It is first encountered when Crooks, the native american outcast, was introduced into the story. Lennie saw a light on in the bunkhouse, where Crooks lives, and his curiosity led him in. At first Crooks did not like Lennie intruding into his room, yet began to openly express his feelings while he attended to his disfigured spine. “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t go nobody. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.” (Steinbeck 72-73)

Another example of loneliness occurred within the love life of Curley’s wife. This took place inside the barn with Lennie and Curley's wife. Lennie was hesitant to engage in conversation with her, considering that all those who did were rudely confronted by Curley in a rude and violent manner. Due to this unfair behavior, she bluntly stated her loneliness to Lennie. “Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.” (Steinbeck 86) she griped when he ignored her.

Lastly, Candy expressed his loneliness through the loss of his antique furry friend. The men that shared a room with Candy could not stand the pungent fumes resonating from his canine. Candy resisted and told them that the dog was all he had left. Being nagged constantly he realized that the dog was in very rough condition and gave in. ‘“Awright take ‘im” Candy said hopelessly and softly.’ (Steinbeck 47) Carlson left with the dog and took him into the woods. “A shot sounded in the distance. The men looked quickly at the old man. Every head turned toward him. For a moment he continued to stare at the ceiling. Then he rolled slowly over and faced the wall and lay silent.” (Steinbeck 49) In conclusion, Steinbeck expertly portrays the theme of loneliness in “Of Mice and Men” in...
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