Lonliness - Of Mice and Men

Loneliness - Of Mice and Men

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  • Lonliness
    • Everyone on the ranch is lonely
      • George says ranchers are the "loneliest guys in the world"
        • It's unusual for the ranchers to travel together like George and Lennie
      • Crooks, the stable hand, lives separately from the others because he's black
        • He says "a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick".
          • Crooks is used to being lonely on the ranch
      • Curley's lonely even though he's married.
        • The only time we see him with his wife is when she's dead
          • Curley's wife gets "awful lonely" because she's supposed in the house "alla time"
      • KEY QUOTE: SLIM: "Maybe ever'body in the whole world is scared of each other"
    • Looking for companionship can end badly
      • When anyone tries to find friendship it ends in disaster
        • George and Lennie give each other companionship
        • George still ends up just like the other ranchers. At the end of the novel he is lonely  and has no dreams
      • Curley's wife tries to find companionship by flirting with the ranchers
        • The men on the ranch seem uncomfortable and don't flirt back
        • It's her flirting that leads to Lennie's death
      • Animals provide a temporary solution to the problem of loneliness but it doesn't last
        • Lennie kills all the animals he gets, like the mouse and the puppy
          • Candy has his dog until Carlson shoots it
  • George still ends up just like the other ranchers. At the end of the novel he is lonely  and has no dreams

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