Loneliness in Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck
John Steinbeck wrote “of Mice and Men” in the 1930s. It is set inCalifornia and shows us life for migrant workers at this time. Thebook describes how lonely life can be. In the book there are differentkinds of loneliness. The different types described are Isolation whichmeans that you are kept separate from others because you have anillness just like being in quarantine. Solitude is another type ofloneliness which means a state of being away from everyone else.Abandonment is a type of loneliness where everyone has left youbehind. Then characters that are lonely in the novel “Of Mice and Men”are Candy, Crooks and Curley’s wife. Candy is lonely because he is oldand Carlson shot his dog. Crooks is Isolated because he is not allowedto talk to anyone because he is black. Curley’s wife is lonely becauseCurley wouldn’t let her go anywhere and he makes her stay at home allthe time. George and Lennie are not lonely because they’ve both goteach other. They can talk to each other unlike Candy, Curley’s wife,and Crooks. George doesn’t won’t to leave Lennie because he doesn’twant become lonely. We know this because at the beginning of the novelLennie says “If you don’ want me I can go off in the hills an’ find acave.”
George says “No-look! I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie. “Cause I won’t youto stay with me.” George also says “guys like us, that work onranches, are the loneliest guys in the world.” After that he says“with us it ain’t like that. We’ve got a future. We got somebody totalk to that gives a damn about us.” This tells us that George andLennie need each other and they don’t…
… 5 because she realises that Lennie is alone and shewants company. She also knows that there is nobody around to tell herto go back home. Lennie says “well I ain’t supposed to talk to you ornothing.” Lennie also says “George says you’ll get us in a mess.” Thistells us that Lennie is trying to not get in trouble because he isscared he won’t get to tend the rabbits. Curley’s wife starts to talkabout her past she says “I met a guy, an he was in the pitchers.” Shealso says “soon he got back to Hollywood he was gonna write to meabout it.” This shows that Curley wasn’t the only one in her life. Shesays she married Curley because she didn’t want to stay somewherewhere she couldn’t make something of herself. Her dream was to be inthe movies. We know this because she starts to describe what she couldhave been doing.