The Novel “Of Mice And Men” Was An Influential Tragedy

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The novel "Of Mice and Men" was an influential tragedy based on the lives of two different persons dependent upon each other. It boasts the ever so stimulating topic of loneliness throughout the whole novel. George and Lennie have each other but are still portrayed as lonely, wandering individuals with no real purpose in life. Candy is an old, handicapped man who has lost his hand. His only true companion in life was his old, but once great, dog that is blind and is overtaken with arthritis and rheumatism. Crooks, the crooked back "nigger" who is the stablehand has no real purpose in life. Curley punishes him for what others have done, and it seems as if Crooks has built a thick shell around himself to keep from pain. Curley's wife, which has no name or is never mentioned throughout the novel, is almost the loneliest of them all. She yearns for attention, and regrets her marriage to Curley. All of these figures suffer from some sort of loneliness.George and Lennie wonder from place to place looking for work, and every time Lennie causes events that force them to run from trouble no matter where they go. George is often seen playing solitaire to pass the time, which stands as a representation of his loneliness. George never asks Lennie to play, for his mind is incapable of handling such a mental task. George's games of solitaire also signify his need to be alone, without Lennie, and sort of foreshadows what was to come at the end of the novel, Lennie's death.All that Candy had in life was his poor old dog. But even that was taken away from him. His only...

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