‘Of Mice and Men’ is written by John Steinbeck. published in 1937. The novel is set in the 1930s during the great depression in California. The two supporter characters. George and Lennie are farm workers who have a dream of one-day having their ain spread. They find work in a spread near Soledad. after get awaying from Weed because of George’s incident. They are met by different characters on the farm that all have a dream. To be lonely means to miss friends or company and to experience isolated. Most of the characters are lonely and the lone thing that keeps them alive is their dreams. Some of the loneliest characters they meet are Candy. an old adult male with lone one manus. Crooks. a black cripple and Curley’s Wife. a adult female who has no individuality. she is lonely even though she is married. Although they are all on the spread together. they are lonely because of who they are and their history. ‘Of Mice and Men’ is an emotional narrative with many different subjects and characters. This essay will depict the manner solitariness is portrayed in ‘Of Mice and Men. ’
George Milton and Lennie Small are friends who travel together. They both portion the same dream. which is to one twenty-four hours have their ain spread. George is quick-witted and intelligent. He takes the parental function of looking after Lennie. a simple-minded adult male who in the book is described as a elephantine. Lennie is sort hearted with immense physical strength. He does non cognize how powerful he is and likes to pet animate beings. The other work forces on the spread find their relationship unusual. they do non cognize of their yesteryear. George describes himself and Lennie as the loneliest cats in the universe.
‘Guys like us. that work on spreads. are the loneliest cats in the universe. They got no household. They belong in no topographic point. ’
George feels sorry for himself ; he can see the world of being a ranch-hand. This loneliness therefore makes both him and Lennie have a dream that motivates him to work. It is the one thing that they are populating for.
The foreman believes that George is working Lennie. The other work forces come to see that their friendly relationship is built upon solitariness. Others such as Crooks. Candy. Curley’s married woman and possibly Slim are covetous of their relationship. Although both George and Lennie are close friends. they are still lonely in the sense that they are non likewise. Lennie is lonely in the sense that there is no 1 who is every bit simple-minded as he is. he does non gain this. as he is excessively busy playing with his whelp.
When George and Lennie foremost arrive on the spread. they are met by Candy. Candy and his dog’s relationship resemble George and Lennie’s relationship. In the same manner. that Candy seeks comfort in his Canis familiaris. Lennie seeks comfort in George. Candy has a parental function towards his Canis familiaris. merely as George has a parental function towards Lennie. Lennie can be compared with the Canis familiaris in the sense that he listens. but does non speak ; this provides comfort for those who talk to him about their feelings. Both Lennie and Candy’s Canis familiaris are shot by the same gun ( Carlson’s Luger ) . Carlson is tough-minded about Candy’s Canis familiaris. as he can see no practical usage for it.
‘He ain’t no good to you Candy. An’ he ain’t no good to himself. Why’n’t you shoot him Candy? ’
His suggestion is sensible for the other work forces in the bunk- house but he seems unmindful to the strong bond between Candy and his Canis familiaris. Candy tries to warrant the grounds for maintaining his Canis familiaris.
‘I had him so long. Had him since he was a whelp. I herded sheep with him. ’
In the terminal. his Canis familiaris is changeable because of his deficiency of authorization towards the other work forces. Candy is left lonely and deserted after he loses his lifetime comrade. He subsequently cheers up after he joins in with George and Lennie’s program of having the dream farm.
‘I’d make a will an’ go forth my portion to you cats in instance I kick off. ’
Candy promises them. that if he died. he would go forth George and Lennie his money. This increases his opportunity of going portion of the dream. It besides increases the opportunity of the dream going world.
Carlson is besides a alone character ; he is indurate and does non cognize the grasp of friendly relationship. He has his gun to look after and attention for. the motion of his custodies whilst he cleans it demo marks of solitariness. he besides appears casual.
‘He laid them on his bed and so brought out the pistol…then he fell to cleaning the barrel with the small rod. ’
He spends clip looking after the gun. he does non take portion in the conversation between the other work forces. he feels happy with his gun and does non see the value of friends and company.
Curley’s married woman is one of the loneliest characters in the novel ; she has no individuality. she is seen as an object. a ownership of Curley’s. Curley’s married woman is seen as a coquettish ‘tart’ by the other ranch-hands. true. Curley’s married woman does chat up. she is really witting of the consequence this has on work forces. but she is non a prostitute. She wants attending and by deriving that attending. she act the manner people think.
‘She had full rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes. to a great extent made up. Her fingernails were ruddy. ’
She likes to dress up and have on a batch of brand up. to pull the work forces. The work forces on the other manus do non chat up with her. as they are afraid of what Curly might make. This leads to the solitariness of many characters.
Although the work forces think it is incorrect of her to flash herself sexually and give everyone the ‘eye’ . the work forces all visit a brothel for sexual satisfaction and fleeting company. Those like George and Whit contradict themselves when they talk about Curley’s married woman as being ‘jail-bait’ .
‘She’s gon na do a muss. They’s gon na be a bad muss about her. She’s a jail-bait all set on a trigger. ’
George senses danger coming his manner. but he chooses to disregard it. as he needs the money.
During the 1930s. adult females were seen as ownerships of their hubbies who were to remain at place. George’s position of adult females. look to be really basic and biased. he sees them as instruments to alleviate physical impulses.
‘She ne’er negotiations dirty. neither. Got five misss at that place. ’
George does non show the demand for any female company chiefly because he is excessively busy maintaining Lennie out of problem. She confides in Lennie and tells him about her dreams of going a film star. Steinbeck uses Lennie as a voice to the reader. it is because of him that the reader finds out about Curley’s wife’s dreams and feelings.
‘Coulda been in the films. an’ had nice apparels – all them nice apparels like they were. ’
She seems to be obsessed by her visual aspect ; she wants the celebrity and glamor. She appears to hold given up her dreams as she married Curly. she feels as though her dreams have been shattered and that she can no longer accomplish her ends.
Like Curley’s married woman. Crooks besides has no name. it is merely a moniker the other ranch-hands usage because he is crippled. He is intelligent and really good organised ; he has his ain room where he keeps his books and ownerships. For him. his room is a oasis or an oasis.
‘For. being entirely. Crooks could go forth his things about…this room was swept and reasonably orderly. for Crooks was a proud. distant adult male. ’
This shows marks of isolation. as there is no 1 to notice on the tidiness of his room. He feels isolated and acrimonious. He is the victim of oppressive force and bias on the spread. When he foremost meets Lennie. there is an immediate rejection of friendly relationship chiefly due to the torment of his solitariness.
‘Well. I got a right to hold a visible radiation. You go on get outa my room. I ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse. and you ain’t wanted in my room. ’
He does non cognize that Lennie is unlike the other work forces. he has been criticised and made merriment off. so he does non appreciate the company of others until he gets to cognize them and their attitude towards him.
He tells Lennie of his hopes of holding some one to speak to.
‘I Tell ya a guy gets excessively lonely. an’ he gets ill. ’
He admits to experiencing stray. he wishes for a friend to speak to. For a minute. Lennie seems to be a new friend. Lennie sees Crooks as an person. a individual in his ain right. Crooks respects him for this and is excited about his new company. Again the reader merely finds this out when Crooks tells Lennie about his feelings. Crooks admits to non holding a dream as he is afraid of letdown. he does nevertheless acquire caught up in working with George and Lennie in the dream farm. His hopes are shattered by George’s dismissive attitude.
‘I didn’ mean it. Jus foolin’ . I wouldn’t want to travel no topographic point like that. ’
The alone characters feel they can confide in Lennie. as they know he will non state anyone. Crooks is treated as an castaway due to the position of race and black people of the clip. Black people were seen as castawaies that had no right to blend with the Whites.
Curley is a little ex-boxer. He is one of the most violent characters on the spread. He hopes that by being violent and aggressive towards the weaker characters. he will derive authorization. He nevertheless avoids those he considers to be strong and with authorization. such as Slim. He sees everyone with a lower position and sees people as a hierarchy.
‘He wore a work baseball mitt on his left manus. and. like the foreman. he wore high-heeled boots. ’
Harmonizing to Candy. the work baseball mitt that Curley wears is full of Vaseline to maintain his custodies soft for his married woman. The high-heeled boots give marks of position and tallness.
A problematic character is Slim. is he lonely. does he experience isolated? Because of his unagitated attitude and natural authorization. the less alone characters rely on him. He is understanding and sort. which is why George tells him of the incident in Weed. He does non look to hold a friend. does that mean he has resigned? There is nevertheless some hope for him after Lennie is changeable. he is the 1 who comforts George and tells him he done the right thing.
‘You hadda. George. I swear you hadda. Come on with me. ’
The book begins with a composure and peaceable scene of nature.
‘A few stat mis south of Soledad. the Salinas River drops near to the hill-side and runs deeps and green. The H2O is warm excessively. for it has slipped flashing over the littorals in the sunshine before making the narrow pool. ’
This shows the peaceable universe of nature. it is really unagitated and tranquil. The pool shows marks of artlessness. as it is merely a subdivision of the Salinas River. The river is a mark of the secrets and the hereafter in nature and the novel. The deep green makes it unable to see the river bottom ; this shows marks of a swoon and possibly a unsafe position of the hereafter. Despite the motion and the gesture of the river. there are still marks of solitariness ; there is merely the cyclical of nature. The linguistic communication Steinbeck uses to depict the scene is sophisticated and formal.
‘On the sand-banks the coneies sat every bit softly as small Grey. sculptured stones…from the way of the province main road came the sound of footsteps…the coneies hurried soundlessly for screen. ’
‘For a minute the topographic point was lifeless. and so two work forces emerged from the way and came into the gap by the green pool’
This shows the peaceable universe of nature being disturbed by adult male. The coneies sensed the presence of danger and hurried off. it is a motion from harmoniousness to disagree. There is a contrast between adult male and nature. The coneies sat softly without doing a batch of motion and noise. whilst George and Lennie emerge and interrupt the peace. The peace of nature is besides disturbed at the terminal when Lennie is shot. The pool is described as an guiltless topographic point ; it reflects Lennie’s artlessness.
There is nevertheless. senses of solitariness as neither George nor Lennie speak. there are no sounds of nature from when they emerge. The pool is still and the air current has stopped rustling through the foliages.
The linguistic communication Steinbeck uses to depict the landscape and a character is contrasted with the manner the characters speak. The characters use American colloquial slang. The characters besides speak of being alone and desiring company.
Steinbeck pays attending to the description of the characters ; he chiefly concentrates on the custodies. Lennie’s custodies are described as paws. Candy’s has one missing. Curley’s keeps his left manus in a baseball mitt. Crooks’ thenars are noted ( coloring material ) . George has strong but little custodies. Slim custodies are mentioned and Curley’s wife’s custodies are merely described in footings of fingernails.
Steinbeck presents the subject of solitariness through the characters. The linguistic communication he uses to depict the landscape and characters show marks of solitariness. The character’s past reflect their solitariness and the decease of both Candy’s Canis familiaris and Lennie create the major subject of solitariness. Nature and animate beings play a big function in the narrative. the chief comparing of adult male and nature is when Lennie is described as a bear.
‘He walked to a great extent. dragging his pess a little. the manner a bear drags his paws. ’
Steinbeck wants to demo the size and strength of Lennie therefore he compares him to a bear.
The book was written during the 1930s during the Great Depression. This was a hard clip for America and its people ; Steinbeck shows the fright of the Depression by holding the work forces all work together. No affair how much the work forces on the spread stick together and some may back up each other. they are still lonely.