While most of the characters deal with some level of loneliness, Curley's wife is particularly characterized as being lonely. Because she is the only girl on a ranch full of men, she is isolated. Most of the men are basically afraid of her, partly because she is young Along with the importance of friendship and the American dream, the pain of loneliness is a major theme in John Steinbeck 's novella Of Mice and Men.
Every one becomes lonely once in a while but in Steinbeck's novella "Of Mice and Men", he illustrates the loneliness of ranch life in the early 's and shows how people are driven to try and find friendship in order to escape from loneliness. Steinbeck creates a lonely and blue atmosphere at many times in the book.
He uses names and words such as the town near the ranch called "Soledad", which means loneliness and the card game "Solitaire" Which means by ones self. He makes it clear that all the men on the ranch are lonely, with particular people lonelier than others.
In the opening chapter, Steinbeck introduces the idea of loneliness and men who work on ranches living temporary lives, with no aim in life. Steinbeck uses the setting to convey these ideas. As they were walking along the path, it is described as " a path beaten by hard boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening to jungle-up near water" p.
He also writes "an ash-pile made by many fires" p.
I think all the people living in the ranch are lonely. This proves this where Steinbeck describes the bunk house where all the workers sleep.
Also by only having two shelves for their personal belongings shows their lonely insecure lives. However, there are particular people in the ranch who have lonelier lives than others. The loneliest person on the ranch has to be Crooks, who suffers from extreme loneliness because he is black and he is living in a ranch and the surrounding area which is very racist.
He lives by himself, because the other men do not like him. He does not take part in any of the social activities in the ranch and is left out completely.
He is so lonely that he turns to books, which soon becomes boring and he will become lonely again. He is so desperate for company and for someone to talk, even though he does not really show it.
When Lennie comes into his room he just talks and doesn't care if Lennie is listening or not, because he is so desperate. Crooks says to Lennie "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you.
I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" p.
In a way this point made by Crooks shows that George and Lennie support each other from being very lonely, even if Lennie is as thick as an ape, he still disables George from being lonely. George and Lennie have something which all the men on the ranch envy and that is friendship.
Crooks calls Lennie "nuts" and does not believe that Lennie will own his own land with George and Candy. Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'.
It's just in their head. Crooks is probably the loneliest character in the ranch with Curley's wife. There are two characters that we never get to know the name, they are the boss and Curley's wife. The boss does not seem to be friends with any of the men, maybe to keep his place as higher than everyone else, or in case he has to sack one of the workers.
However, there is prove that he is not friendly person as he does not seem to understand friendship between two people. Such as where George told The Boss tat they travel together, he replied "What stake you got in this guy?
You takin' his pay away from him? Curley's wife is controlled by her husband, who does not let her speak to any of the men on the ranch, which leads her into being lonely. Even though Curley's wife is mentioned frequently, we never know what her name is.
This just shows how people do not care for others, leading to loneliness. I think all the men do not consider her as a normal human being, but and object.How does Steinbeck present loneliness in ‘of mice and men’?
During the Great Depression in the s in the USA many migrant workers went to California in search of work. How does Steinbeck show this? George and Lennie are the only characters in the novel who have a meaningful relationship.
This makes them unique and draws attention to the loneliness of the rest of. "Of Mice and Men" is a skillful novel, which deals with the theme of `outsiders', that is, individuals who do not fit into the mainstream of society.
The novel portrays this idea of loneliness throughout John Steinbeck's stimulating and exciting novel. How does Steinbeck present loneliness in ‘Of Mice and Men?’ "Of Mice and Men" is a skillful novel, which deals with the theme of `outsiders', that is, individuals who do not fit into the mainstream of society.
Nov 02, · How is loneliness and isolation explored in the novel? Loneliness is the feeling of isolation and no hope or dreams in your life-which is what Steinbeck achieves by portraying this theme effectively through key fictional characters in Of Mice and Men.
How does Steinbeck present Curley’s wife in ‘Of Mice and Men’? Consider the theme of loneliness in 'Of Mice and Men'. How does it affect the friendships and relationships in the novel? This novel that was written by John Steinbeck which was set in the s in Salinas Soledad which is in California.