Of Mice and Men Persuasive Essay

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Michelle Wang

Language Arts

Persuasive Essay

6/29/2012

Craving Friendship

In the book “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, the characters felt

considerable loneliness, even around other people. They feel left out, ignored, and

even invisible with no one to talk concerning his own thoughts. Although a person is

surrounded by others, feelings of loneliness can occur.

For instance, in “Of Mice and Men” the characters ignored by other people at

the farm felt lonely. One character who expressed her loneliness was Curley’s wife. At

one point she said to Lennie, “I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely… I

can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad.” (Steinbeck 86) She expressed to

Lennie how she is ignored and lonely.

On the contrary, if a person were surrounded by friends then he would not feel

lonely. A good example of this would be George and Lennie. The two men were close

friends and were not lonely as they stuck together no matter what might happen.

Although there were other characters in “Of Mice and Men who were lonely, if they

reached out to those around them, the profound loneliness felt would disappear.

On the other hand, many workers during this time period often go from one job

to another to survive. Many people who lived at this time had little chance to have a

lasting friendship and became lonely as a result. In the book, George lost his friend

Lennie would be lonely how without a friend. Another character, Crooks was an

lonely person, but his loneliness was due to his race. In the end, many of the

characters wanted companionship though sadly most ended up alone.

All in all, in “Of Mice and Men” many characters felt loneliness in their daily

lives even with other people around them. In fact a person who can be surrounded by

others and have strong feelings of loneliness. In life if someone is lonely and seeking...
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