Loneliness in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Throughout the novel, Of Mice and Men (by John Steinbeck), loneliness is the major underlying theme of the novel. You could almost say that the book has ?hormonal’ up’s and down’s. Most of the characters are very lonely because they have no family. However, George and Lennie are the contradiction to this. George and Lennie’s bond towards each other are so- strong that you can almost see it as you are reading the book. Candy the old crippled man wants to be part of George and Lennie’s dream to own a farm and “live off the fatta the land”. Curley and his dog are like the metaphor in the book for George and Lennie. Candy has to take care of his dog and George of Lennie. The other two characters in the novel that are apart of the overall theme of loneliness are crooks the crippled stable buck and Curley’s wife the flirtatious city girl. Crook’s fits in to the loneliness theme because he is black. During this time in history, there was very little racial empathy. So being black means that he is isolated from everyone else at the ranch. Speaking of isolation, curley’s wife feels very isolated because her husband, Curley, doesn’t trust her at all, however, because Curley is so strict and concerned about her flirting with other guys it almost fuels her desire to cause trouble.
The dream of owning a farm and “living off the fatta the land” originally started as a story just to keep Lennie quiet but because of Lennie constantly asking George to tell him the story kept the dream alive. One time in the bunkhouse, George was re -telling this story when candy overheard it. Candy fears that because he is getting old and has one crippled hand that any day soon he is going to be asked to leave…
…od to himself. During this scene, you get to really see how their friendship, the bravery and courage of George and the shear companionship that they had drove George to do what he did. If George did not do, what he did then Curley would have shot him like how Carlson killed Candy’s dog. If George let Curley kill Lennie, he would have the same regret as Candy had for not shooting his dog himself. When Lennie killed Curley’s wife, he had not only wrecked his life but the person he cared most for, George. Not to forget Curley’s wife and Candy. Curley’s wife lost her life and Candy lost the dream as well as George. So you see how important Lennie was in the sense of keeping the dream of owing a farm and “living of the fatta the land” alive. So although George may not have seen it at the time, but Lennie was as much of the key to the dream as he was the destruction of it.