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Loneliness In Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men

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In Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men he discusses Dreams, loneliness, and strength. Steinbeck’s main characters George, who is classified as a mister know it all so to speak and Lennie, a mentally ill man with the mind of a five year old, have a dream of owning land of their own some day. Curley’s wife, a sly indecisive she devil, had a dream of becoming a movie star and came close, but the talent scout who claimed to be her ticket to Hollywood never called her back. Crooks , the only black character in the whole book, in a sense is lonely. In this book Crooks is left out and separated from everyone. He is not allowed in the white stable-hand cabin. In the beginning of the book George describes that the life of a stable-hand is a lonely life. Then he also describes that he and Lennie is an exception because they have each other. Curley, who is the bosses son, is used as the tough guy that bosses everyone around. It is either his way or no way. He uses this power to manipulate some of the other characters in this book of irregular events.
Dreams in the book Of Mice and Men Is the main purpose of the story. George and Lennie have dreams of owning their own farm. When George gets angry with Lennie or one of the two men just need an uplifting George tells the repeating story of how he and Lennie will own their own farm. George tells Lennie that being a ranch hand is a lonely career path but since George and Lennie had each other that they would not be lonely. George also tells him that as soon as they can save enough money they will buy this farm. At the farm they will grow their own food and raise livestock. Lennie would be the rabbit tenet so he can pet them because Lennie loves to pet soft things. George also has dream or maybe it is more of a desire that his life would be much better if he did not have to take care of Lennie."I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn't have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl. (Steinbeck 6)" This thought of desire runs through George mind throughout the story. George and Lennie never gets to see this farm because of the end of this novel George has to kill Lennie so he does not die of a painful death from Curley because Lennie killed Curley's wife.
Mentioning Curley's wife who is the only nameless and alive female in the story admits to Lennie her dream of being a movie star. While Lennie is in the barn stroking his dead new puppy, Curley's wife walks in and assures Lennie that it is okay to talk to her after Lennie knows George tells him that she is trouble. Curley's wife tells Lennie that her mother would not let her join the traveling show when she was fifteen years old. Soon after that happened a talent scout spotted her and promised her that she would become a movie star in Hollywood."'Nother time I met a guy, an' he was in pitchers. Went out to the Riverside Dance Palace with him. He says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural. Soon's he got back to Hollywood he was...

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