How Do I Write An Essay Conclusion On Loneliness

 

How does Steinbeck present the themes of loneliness and isolation in the novel?

In the novel “Of Mice and Men”, John Steinbeck highlight the effects of loneliness and isolation which arose from extreme discrimination that was prominent in the Great Depression. George says,

“I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain't no good. They don't have no fun. After a long time they get mean.” 

(Pg. 41) We need companions to give our life meaning. This essay will discuss the characters of Lennie, Curley’s Wife and Crooks. The first character affected by loneliness and isolation is Lennie because of his mental disability. George states from early on that ranch hands are the loneliest

“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world” 

 (Pg. 15). When Crooks teases Lennie about George leaving him, it reveals that Lennie is dependent on George being his companion,

“George wun’t go away and leave me. I know George wun’t do that” 

 (Pg. 73). In spite of this, George disassociates himself sometimes when Lennie looks to him for support,

“I don't want no fights," said Lennie. He got up from his bunk and sat down at the table, across from George.  Almost automatically George shuffled the cards and laid out his solitaire hand. He used a deliberate, thoughtful, slowness.” 

 (Pg. 55). Lennie’s desire to pet soft objects like mice comes from his need of a friend when George isn’t there for him.

“I could  pet it with my thumb as we walked along” 

 (Pg. 7). People treat him like a child and he is not included in any conversations or activities. This makes Lennie feel lonely and isolated despite having the friendship of George. However, he is less lonely than others because he is unable to comprehend that people are treating him badly. The second character affected by loneliness and isolation is Curley’s wife because of her gender.

“I never get to talk to nobody but Curley”

(Pg. 85)

“I don’t like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella”

(Pg. 87). Most men on the ranch refuse to talk with her because Curley had forbidden them to. Yet her husband, Curley, hardly talks to her and treats her atrociously. It also shows us that she is lonely as she confides her private affairs with strangers, even Lennie who is unable to comprehend what she tells

Essay on Loneliness in Of Mice of Men by John Stienbeck

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“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” - Mother Teresa

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