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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