The Theme of Loneliness in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
This essay will describe the way loneliness is shown in 'Of Mice and
Men.' Most of the characters are lonely and the only thing that keeps
them alive is their dreams. Some of the loneliest characters we come
across in the novel are Candy, an old man with only one hand, Crooks,
a black cripple and Curley's Wife, a woman who has no name; she is
lonely even though she is married. Although they are all on the ranch
together, they are lonely because of who they are and their history.
'Of Mice and Men' is a story with many different themes and
George Milton and Lennie Small are friends who travel together. They
both share the same dream, which is to one day own their own ranch.
George is quick-witted and intelligent. He takes the role of looking
after Lennie, a simple-minded man who in the book is described as a
giant. Lennie is kind hearted with huge physical strength. He does not
know how powerful he is and likes to pet animals. The other men on the
ranch find their relationship unusual, they do not know of their past.
George describes himself and Lennie as the loneliest guys in the
'Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the
world. They got no family. They belong in no place.'
George feels sorry for himself; he can see how his life has turned out
and in my opinion cant really see much of a future in it. This
loneliness therefore makes both him and Lennie have a dream that
motivates them to work. It is the one thing that they are living for.
They constantly bring it up in conversation, and Lennie always seems
to get very excited about it. This 'dream' also sometimes keeps Lennie
out of trouble.
The boss believes that George is taking Lennie's money, and appears to
be a bit wary of him to begin with. They whole ranch appear to be a
bit jealous of them to, because most of them only have themselves and
no one else. People who appear to be very jealous are people such as
Crooks, Candy, Curley's wife and maybe Slim are jealous of their
relationship. Although both George and Lennie are close friends, they
are still lonely because they are not very similar. Lennie is lonely
in the sense that there is no one who is as simple-minded as he is,
however he does not realise this, as he is too busy playing with his
When George and Lennie first arrive on the ranch, they are met by
Candy. Candy and his dog's relationship are a bit like George and
Lennie's relationship. In the same way, that Candy gets comfort in his
dog, Lennie seeks comfort in George. Candy has a parental role towards
his dog, just as George has a parental role towards Lennie. Lennie can
be compared with the dog because he listens, but does not talk; this
obviously makes him good for people to talk to, and...