The Revulsions of Loneliness
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is a melancholic novelette set in the era of the Great Depression. This novelette tells a tragic story while not being extremely long. The characters George and Lennie show a special bond that not too many men like them share. They start off running from Lennie’s mistakes and come to a new ranch to have a fresh start. Altruistic George has never left Lennie, even though Lennie has crushed his dream of living on his own land many times. Their dream looks like it is about to take place whenever Curley’s lonely wife tries to talk to Lennie. He ends up breaking her neck, crushing any initial start to their dream. George must kill Lennie to save him from unjust punishment creating loneliness for lots of people. Loneliness is a horrible thing that destroys the soul and slowly kills a person. This is shown through the characters Crooks, George, and Curley’s wife.
Crooks works in the stable barn and acquired his name from his crooked back.
He is the only black worker on the ranch, which instantly bestows loneliness on him. “This is just a nigger talkin’, an’ a busted-back nigger. So it don’t mean nothing, see?” (71). People make him feel as if there is something amiss with him because of his color. He is forced to live by himself out in the stable away from all humanity on the ranch. He tries to make himself feel supercilious by telling Lennie he shouldn’t be allowed in his home if he’s not allowed in theirs. “I ain’t wanted in the bunk house, and you ain’t wanted in my room” (68). Then his need for company allows Lennie to stay, sparking a cruel conversation. After telling Lennie George isn’t coming back, Crooks is startled by his truculent actions toward this issue. This shows Crooks cry for companionship and how he wants to belong on the ranch.
George had to murder his best friend for the dearth of knowledge of his harmful actions. “George shivered and looked at the gun, and then he threw it from him, back up on the bank, near the pile of old ashes” (106). Lennie was the one George constantly lived with and had to deal with his screw ups, but he loved him. Lennie was the one thing that made George’s life different from the other males of his time. He was his permanent companion. George’s life...