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Of Mice And Men: The Impact Of Loneliness

912 words - 4 pages

“Tell me- like you done before.” “Tell you what?” “About the rabbits.” Of Mice and Men, PG. 13 Steinbeck’s book, Of Mice and Men, conveys loneliness in his story through the characters and setting. This is how he used Lennie, Candy, and Curley’s wife present prime examples of loneliness throughout the story by the events that happen to them in the story.
Lennie is a large and hardworking man, but with a strong mental cripple that causes him to forget things and speak improperly. This always gets him in trouble with George, other characters, or even the law. Him being tall, the antagonist Curley dislikes him. He pushes him around, talks ill of him, and even fought him. This resulted in Lennie being allowed to fight back and crushed Curley’s hands to dust. This embodies loneliness, as having a person constantly out to get you and hostile to the point of violence makes you feel alone and unwanted. Throughout most of the story, it is implied that he is in the barn playing with Slims puppies. Eventually, he accidentally kills one of the puppies. He gets flustered and angry, and hides the puppies body until Curley’s wife walks in and finds out what happened. She tries to comfort and understand him, but he is resistant because George did not allow him to communicate with her. He eventually opens up and she talks to him about her missed acting career and dislike for Curley. Lennie, however, seems not to take interest in this and tells her about his plan for rabbits. Favoring soft things, (and Curley’s wife’s hair being soft) she lets him feel her hair. One accidental hard tug causes Curley’s wife to yelp in pain, making Lennie attempt to silence her. Unfortunately, he had silenced her. These two events cause more loneliness, as death makes you feel empty. The death of a pet is one thing, but the death of another human being is completely different. You question yourself and others, trying to reassure yourself that you belong. But loneliness overpowers, and causes more irrational ideas.
Candy is a character who appears to have had enough. He has been working at the ranch for a long time, and it seems one of his only friends there was his dog. When his dog died, he was devastated to the point of crying, a thing hard working men don’t often do. His dog and best friend was put down, and by a stranger no less. This expresses much loneliness, as losing anyone close to you makes you feel empty without a companion. This leads to George and Lennie’s offer to let him live and work on their land. He could have a nice life, a good job,...

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