Isolation and Loneliness in 'of mice and men'

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  • Loneliness and Isolation In 'Of Mice and Men'
    • Everyone on the ranch is lonely
      • George: 'They got no family' (orphans)
    • The ranchers don't usually make friends- they find it strange that George and Lennie travel together and are so close
      • 'Funny how you an' him string along together'
    • Crooks lives in a separate place to the others, because he's black. He's segregated
    • When Lennie pays him a surprise visit, Crooks doesnt seem to want his company, as he's so used to being alone, and he seems it hard to enjoy another person's real company
      • 'I aint wanted in the bunk house, and you aint wanted in my room'
        • Crooks doesn't realise that Lennie just wants to be nice
    • Curley is lonely even though he is married, the only time you see him WITH his wife is when she's dead, and even then, he only seeks revenge on Lennie
      • 'I know who done it.. that son-of-a-***** done it'
    • Looking for Companionship can be DANGEROUS
      • When anyone attempts to grab hold of someone else, it can end in disaster
      • When Crooks and Candy try to grab hold of George and Lennie's dream, and it ends in bitter dissapointment for them
      • Or when Lennie grabbed onto the girls dress in Weed and Curley's wife in the barn, they both ended in disaster


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