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How Does Steinbeck Present The Theme Of Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

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Born 1902 in California, John Steinbeck grew up in a hard time for America. The Great Depression hit in 1929, leaving thousands of American people jobless, homeless, and poor. Along with this, the Dust Bowl occurred in 1931, which also killed and starved thousands. During this time period, many people did not have a home, and moved from farm to farm in order to feed themselves. John Steinbeck was one of the hundreds of thousands of migrant farm workers during this time. All of Steinbeck’s books are based off of American history, and migrant farm workers in the eyes of the people. In his novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses the characters Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife to contribute to the overall theme of loneliness. First, Candy is a character that contributes to the overall theme of loneliness. Candy is a crippled old man, whom his only family is his dog. When contemplating whether to shoot the old dog to put it out of its misery, Candy explains, “Maybe tomorra. Le’s wait till tomorra.” (Steinbeck 47). Candy wants to put off shooting his one and only possession because he knows that his dog is a part of him and …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that john steinbeck grew up in a hard time for america, including the great depression, the dust bowl, and the depression. his books are based on american history and migrant farm workers.
  • Analyzes how candy is a character that contributes to the overall theme of loneliness.
  • Analyzes how crooks contributes to the theme of loneliness. he is an older, black man who is excluded from many things because of his race.
  • Analyzes how curley's wife contributes to the overall theme of loneliness. because she is young and beautiful, people perceive her as a slut, which keeps people from interacting with her.
  • Concludes that the characters candy, crooks, and curley's wife contribute to the overall theme of loneliness in of mice and men.

After stumbling across Lennie in the barn one day while the other men were playing horse shoes, she explains to him, “Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.” (Steinbeck 86). Especially being a woman during this time period, Curley’s wife is left to talking to no one but her husband. Because she is young, and beautiful, people perceive her something she is not (a slut), which keeps people from interacting with her. She explains, “…I can’t talk to nobody but Curley…” (Steinbeck 87). She is forced to talk only to none other than her husband in whom she does not like. It is considered wrong to talk with other men, even if it has nothing to do with a wanted relationship. Being a wrongly perceived woman leaves Curley’s wife feeling

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