Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is an extraordinary book that opens the minds of the young. As Steinbeck had once said, he wrote simply so that “people would better understand each other.” Through the book, he had conveyed many qualities of human nature, some of which resulted from the competition for the resources needed to survive. The book offers insightful revelations that helps us to better understand other people, and overcome our original, narrow view. In
Of Mice and Men
, Steinbeck teaches us that as humans, loneliness and the desire for companionship is inevitable and in this cruel world where we are all set against one another as rivals for the resources needed to survive, true friendships are to be cherished for they are hard to come by.
As humans, we are all subject to loneliness at some points in our lives, and we all desire companionship, no matter how indifferent we may act to mask that desire. In
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Curley’s wife is incredibly lonely as the only woman on the ranch and is often isolated from the ranch hands who view her as trouble. She is often seen prancing around the ranch in the pretense of searching for her husband and often attempts to engage other ranch hands in friendly conversation. During her conversation in the stables with Crooks, Candy, and
Lennie, she remarked, “‘Think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever’ once in a while? Think I like to stick in that house alla time?’” (Steinbeck, 77). This was particularly important as it displays her loneliness and desire for companionship. However, her friendliness is often seen as flirtatiousness to the other men, and this results in their view of her as an unfaithful and
dangerous woman. Crooks, just like Curley’s wife, suffers from loneliness as well, though his isolation results from his race instead of his words and actions. As shown during his conversation with Lennie in the stables,