Of Mice And Men As a result from the Wall Street Crash in the world’s stock markets, 1930’s America had become a place of isolation and hardships. It was during this period that author John Steinbeck set his novel “Of Mice and Men” in attempt to highlight the struggle of man’s desperate search for work in which the compassionate nature of men was lost. This made loneliness almost inevitable because every man was trapped in their own hole trying to dig their way out. Back in the 1930’s, where this book was set, society was still being affected by Jim Crow laws, which meant blacks and white had separate facilities for living and socializing. Crooks, being the only colored worker on the ranch, was constantly oppressed by his co-workers by describing him as only a nigger. The white men of the ranch didn’t bother to include Crookes in their social activities. “They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black,”(60) he said. This quote shows that Crooks felt the pain of rejection more than he let others see it, which plays into the theme of loneliness since nobody was willing to listen to a black man. And, when Lennie enters Crooks room, he immediately tells Lennie he has no right to be in there, but eventually gives into loneliness. As the two men settle in, Crooks starts talking and talking, not even caring if Lennie was listening or not because he was so desperate for a companion. Crooks says to Lennie, “ A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long he’s with you. I tell ya a guy gets lonely an’ he gets sick.”(71) In a way, this point made by Crooks shows that George and Lennie support each other from being lonely, even if Lennie has the mental capacity of a small child. As they’re on the subject of George, Lennie decides to tell Crooks about their dream of one day owning their own share of land/ Upon hearing this, Crooks exclaims, “ An’ never a God damn one of ‘em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Everybody wants just a little piece of lan’. It’s just in their head.”(74) While Crooks calls Lennie nuts for having such an improbable dream, he’s still willing to listen to his “crazy talk” because no one has taken the time to conversate with him latelty. Each character in this novel has exhibited loneliness due to their own personal reasons, but it’s apparent that both Candy and Lennie are isolated by their disabilities. Candy, once and old ranch worker, is now confined to the mundane job of cleaning because he had lost his hand in an accident for which he’s constantly judged by the other men of the ranch. The only thing that can keep him company and doesn’t judge him for being old and disabled is his dog, whom is also very old. Carlson, another worker on the ranch, harshly suggests that the dog should be put down and does so himself. When Candy realizes he’s weak and not of much use on the farm, just like his deceased dog, he says, “You seen what they done to my dog tonight? They says he wasn’t no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody ‘d shoot me. But they won’t…I won’t have no place to go, an’ I can’t get no more jobs.”(60) Because of this, Candy clings onto George and Lennie’s dream, hoping that one day, the two men will take him to their own little place since “ they’ll can me(him) purty soon. Jus as soon as I (he) can’t swamp out no bunk houses...”(60) Candy’s spirit remains hopeful until he arrives upon the scene where the bosses wife and Lennie had their last talk just a few minutes before. As he laid eyes upon her lifeless body, his spirit was once again crushed. “You done it, di’n’t you? I
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Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937…
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The story “of mice and men” by John Steinbeck is about the great depression times. Times when people worked eleven hours or more. Back when people hustle work when possible, people lived on a hand to mouth life.
When Lennie was kicked out of weed, Lennie and George went a few miles south where there are green hillsides, golden sands in the sunlight, and warm waters. George and Lennie worked in a field bucking barley under the hot sun. This area had plenty of sunshine but…
Of Mice and Men Literary Analysis
Everyone at some point in their life has been or knows someone who has experienced loneliness. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author Mr. Steinbeck incorporates many different themes. A major theme is how loneliness affects everyone is some type of way wether it is one of our main characters in George, a female in Curley's wife, or some one of a different race in Crooks. This comes to show loneliness affects everyone regardless of age, sex,…
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‘Of Mice and Men’
Of Mice and Men is a short novel written by the author John Steinbeck, in which he explores the themes of friendship and loneliness. Following the lives of the 1930s ranch workers, and the hope of achieving the ‘American Dream’ and how events can conspire against the realization of ones dreams. For, Steinbeck’s characters, the dream of land represents independence and honour, George and…
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"Ain’t many guys travel around together," he mused. "I don’t know why. Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other." (38). Of Mice and Men is a genius book written by John Steinbeck. The book itself has many themes. This paper is going to focus on loneliness. Steinbeck does a good job showing loneliness among people.
The character Crooks, the stable buck, is lonely. He was black. Because he is black, he doesn’t get to hang out with the other…
In the novella Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck loneliness is a key theme and many characters show this trait. These characters are Curley’s wife, Crooks, Slim, George and Candy. Curley’s wife shows loneliness by always complaining about not being able to talk to anyone and she pesters everyone to talk to her. Crooks shows loneliness be talking to Lennie about what he would do if George didn’t come back from town and he is also the only black person there on the ranch (shows it is what Crooks is…
In Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, friendship becomes very valuable early on. Lennie and George are seen as an odd pair since no two men usually travel together, but as the story goes on their friendship is what so many of the ranch workers long for. The characters that Lennie and George run into are hard and tough men but even though they put up walls against others, they want a friend just like Lennie has George and vice versa. We can see that the friendship Lennie and George bring to the story…
Name- Rusha Srinjayi Sen
Grade – 9
Subject – English
Teacher – Mr.Kent
Date – Thursday 20th, November 2014.
Of Mice and Men Summative Essay
Question : Explain the value of relationships in this story, and how this contrasts to the problem of loneliness. Be sure to include insight about the value of this idea in society.
Written by John Stienback, Of Mice and Men, is a story about two uncommon friends, George and Lennie who travel and work from place to place so that they can earn enough money…
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men is a book written by John Steinbeck in 1937. The book Of Mice and Men is about two men named George and Lennie. George is a smart but smaller man, whereas Lennie is very big and strong but has a mental disability. They find work at a ranch but soon find themselves in a dangerous situation when Lennie has accidentally killed the wife of Curley, who is their boss’s son. Curley vows to kill Lennie, but before he is able to do so George chooses to take the life of his…
In Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, he introduces his audience to a band of characters that all want one thing: “The American Dream.” In this 1950s, the American dream was owning a house, having a dog, two kids, and a loving wife. During the 1930s, the dream was quite different –surviving was the dream. Using characters such as Lennie and George, as futile as it is, is extremely powerful because even though there is no chance that they can fulfill their…