What Is The Theme Of Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

analytical Essay
765 words
765 words

A young boy sitting alone in a crowded cafeteria: a women walking home down a dark alleyway by herself: an elderly man resting on a bench in a park unaccompanied; although these scenarios are very different, the people in each all are experiencing the same emotion -loneliness. Loneliness can be described as being in isolation, away from any friends or contact with people. However, loneliness can come in many different forms. In John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, George and mentally ill companion, Lennie, travel to Soledad, California to work on a ranch. Once they arrive, they meet many new people, many of whom are also workers who travel from farm to farm seeking jobs. Lennie’s childish ways soon instigate trouble for him and George, and, in the end, George is forced to take Lennie’s life. Loneliness is a relevant theme to the story because many characters, such as Lennie, George, and Crooks face some type of isolation throughout the novel. Over the course of the story, Crooks exemplifies solitude in …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how loneliness can be described as being in isolation, away from any friends or contact with people. loneliness is a relevant theme in john steinbeck's novel, of mice and men.
  • Analyzes how crooks is an exemplary model of one who experiences loneliness throughout of mice and men.
  • Analyzes how george is lonely because he dreams of having a family. lennie is an obstacle preventing george from settling down with his wife and kids.
  • Analyzes how lennie personifies loneliness throughout of mice and men. he is surrounded by people, unable to comprehend his surroundings, and cannot communicate his feelings.
  • Analyzes how loneliness in john steinbeck's of mice and men takes form in many characters, including crooks, george, and lennie. it is important to remember that loneliness is not always a shy child playing all alone.

Despite the fact that Lennie always has George or one of other many farm workers to keep him company, he faces a constant state of loneliness. This is due to his mental illness; although Lennie is surrounded by people, he is unable to comprehend his surroundings. Similarly, he cannot communicate his own feelings to those around him. While all the other men are out at Susy’s place in town, Crooks infers to Lennie about the relationship between him and George: “Sometimes he talks, and you don’t know what the hell he’s talkin’ about” (Steinbeck 70). Lennie agrees with this statement, proving that he is isolated from the other men due to the lack of understanding between them. Simply put, Lennie will never be able to communicate with anyone else, and for this reason, he is eternally in solitude with his own thoughts. In this way, Lennie displays loneliness throughout the

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