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The Theme of Loneliness in of Mice and Men

  • Date Submitted: 04/03/2014 01:43 PM
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In Of Mice and Men, many of the characters experience loneliness. This is due to to nature of their work - they live on a ranch, away from family, with co-workers. In the 1930's in America this was very common, as there was a serious shortage of jobs due to the economy crashing. This meant that many men had to travel across the country in search of a job, many of which came with accomodation due to the men having nowhere to live anymore.
However, there are particular people in the ranch who have lonelier lives than others. The loneliest person on the ranch has to be Crooks, who suffers from extreme loneliness because he is black and he is living in a ranch and the surrounding area which is very racist. He lives by himself, because the other men do not like him. He does not take part in any of the social activities in the ranch and is left out completely. He is so lonely that he turns to books, which soon becomes boring and he will become lonely again. He is so desperate for company and for someone to talk, even though he does not really show it. When Lennie comes into his room he just talks and doesn't care if Lennie is listening or not, because he is so desperate. Crooks says to Lennie "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" This shows that he desperately needs a friend to talk to and he is at the point where he is becoming emotionally sick of it. In a way this point made by Crooks shows that George and Lennie support each other from being very lonely, even if Lennie is as thick as an ape, he still disables George from being lonely. George and Lennie have something which all the men on the ranch envy and that is friendship. Crooks calls Lennie "nuts" and does not believe that Lennie will own his own land with George and Candy. He exclaims "An' never a God damn one of `em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'. It's just...

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