Loneliness in Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
In the book Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck loneliness is very
significant and a major theme. Many of the characters are very lonely
and some of them try to look for an alternative way of life. George
and Lennie have each other, Candy has his dog to keep him company,
Crooks is lonely because he is black and Curley’s wife was so lonely
it killed her.
The book Of Mice And Men is set a few miles south of Soledad, which
means lonely place. This shows that loneliness is a main theme, by
adding in small significant facts like this one interest the reader.
On pages 32 and 33 George describes to Lennie how life is different
for them than other ranch workers. George says “ Guys like us, that
work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no
family. They don’t belong no place. They come to a ranch an’ work up a
stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first
thing you know they’re poundin’ their tail on some other ranch. They
ain’t got nothing to look ahead to.” George also explains the dream
where they will buy their own place, live off their own food and keep
their own animals, including rabbits that Lennie gets to look after.
On page 43 the boss reacts suspicious to George because they help each
other and travel around together and most of the ranch workers do not
travel around with someone else, as the boss says “I never seen one
guy take so much trouble for another guy.”
The boss also reacts wary and cautious to George because he will not
let Lennie speak and he starts telling the boss how good a worker
Lennie is, for example George tells the boss Lennie is as strong as a
bull. The boss thinks that George is taking Lennie’s pay away from
him. I know this because the boss says, “I said what you got in this
guy? You takin’ his pay away from him?”
On page 49 George plays solitaire. Solitaire is a game you play on
your own so it indicates more loneliness.
On page 57 there is an example of Slims opinion. Slim is very
respected by all the guys that work on the ranch and his opinions are
like law. Slim comments there are not many guys that travel around
together and that maybe the whole world is scared of each other.
On page 65 George and Slim have a conversation together. Slim is very
intelligent and is very interested and curious about what George has
to say. George talking to Slim is a change to talking to Lennie
because a lot of the time George just explains the dream to Lennie or
repeating things that Lennie has forgotten.
On page 67 George tells Slim about what happened in Weed. George at
first hesitates to tell Slim what happened in Weed. George says “You
wouldn’ tell – no , course you wouldn’.” This shows that George has
been so used to not trusting anyone, he...