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Even Among People We Are Still Alone

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Mother Theresa said, “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” Everywhere in this book runs this same theme. From the migrant farms in California during the Great Depression to the two best friends George and Lennie. To the migrant workers and Curley and his wife. You hear lonely they are when Curley’s wife cried, “Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody! I get awfully lonely”(86). They don’t even know her name, they just call her “Curley’s wife.” For loneliness is the downfall of a person resulting in negative even barbaric actions.
Working as a field hand is one of the loneliest jobs a person can have. They come on the farm alone and ...view middle of the document...

Steinbeck portrays loneliness in many different ways. One of the bigger ways he shows is with Candy and his dog. Candy has had his dog since it was a pup and has continued to love it even after it became blind and useless. When Carlson shoots his dog it strikes fear into Candy. Carlson says, “Look, Candy. This ol’ dog jus’ suffers hisself all the time...If you want me to, I’ll put the old devil out of his misery right now and get it over with. Ain’t nothing left for him. Can’t eat, can’t see, can’t even walk without hurtin’”(47). With this, Carlson speaks what everyone else thinks and that is the fact that everybody thinks Candy’s dog is useless and would be better off dead. He is terrified that since he has already lost his hand that when he becomes useless as everyone saw his dog that they are going to toss him aside too. In an effort to avoid that fate, Candy asks George and Lennie if he can join them on their expedition of the farm they wish to acquire. He even tells them that if he needs to he will write a will to where if he dies George and Lennie will get everything because he has no family. He was laying in bed after Carlson had shot his dog. Lennie and George were talking about the farm and the rabbits and Candy starts questioning them. Eventually to win them over he says, “I’d make a will an’ leave my share to you guys in case I kick off, ‘cause I ain’t got no relatives nor nothing”(59). With this dialogue Steinbeck shows how lonely Candy is and how desperate he is not to be tossed aside like his dog. Being alone not only led Candy to beg for them to take him in but also struck such a fear into him, he wanted to chase after something he didn’t know if it was going to happen.
Throughout Of Mice and Men Steinbeck shows George and Lennie’s friendship in many different ways. There are only a few times when he shows how George would be if he didn’t have Lennie. In the beginning of the book Lennie says he wants ketchup and for some reason, maybe he broke, that triggers something in George and he starts yelling, “Whatever we ain’t got, that’s what you want. God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an’ work, an’ no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want. Why, I could stay in a cat house all night. I could eat any place i want, hotel or any place, and order any damn thing I could think of. An’ I could do all that every damn month. Get a gallon of whisky, or set in a poolroom and play cards or shoot pool”(11). George says all that but would he really like that life? George goes on to say . “No-look! I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie. ‘Cause I want you to stay with me”(13). With this George shows how much he depends on Lennie. Throughout the book Steinbeck shows how much Lennie needs George but he rarely shows how much George needs Lennie. Without Lennie, George would be alone and he would be...

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