“OF MICE AND MEN” a novel written by John Steinbeck displays how the sense of belonging is important in our everyday life. This novel explores the importance of belonging through common experiences the two main characters encounter. The book tells of how Lennie and George, two very different people has to stick together to survive in an unfamiliar country. In the novel, the sense of belonging was sometimes represented based on the travelling and experience shared by George and Lennie. This sense of belonging is presented by Lennie’s dream and perspective. “An’ I got you. We got each other, that’s what, that gives a hoot in hell about us” (pg 103). This shared experience and responsibilities gave them a role to play and a motive to live on with their lives. Perhaps because of this friendship that Lennie could survive in the cruel world and the respect they had for each other was influential in sustaining their long friendship/companionship. Through time a very strong sense of belonging was forged between them. The importance of this sense of belonging is illustrated as Crooks, a workmate of the duo told Lennie that “A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody” This clearly conveys that everyone needs to feel a sense to belonging to stay healthy and sane. The easiest way to grasp this sense of belonging is to have someone around to share the experience, it doesn’t matter who that someone is as long as there is someone there. Finally, the feeling of belonging in a group greatly increase the morale and will power of a person. This sense of belonging is as important as social acceptance and support. This is shown throughout the novel as the ranch workers slowly come to accept both Lennie and George into their community.
In all, a sense of belonging is of extreme importance. This sense is more powerful than the satisfaction gained from wealth and social power. Just as in the materialistic world of the 1930s, the ranch workers...
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