The Theme of Loneliness in of Mice and Men

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The Theme of Loneliness in `Of Mice and Men'
'Soledad' The area that Lennie and George are travelling in, which means loneliness in spanish.
'Candy lay still staring at the ceiling' When Candy's ancient, ill dog was shot, Candy has nothing left.
He delayed killing the dog, even though he knew deep down that it was the best thing, as he dreaded
losing his long-time companion. Candy also knew that the fate of his dog was what was destined for
him as he was old and would soon be worthless on the ranch. This relates back to the American Dream
showing that just one of the groups that didn't benefit from it was the elderly and the weak.
'You got no right to come in my room' Crooks lives in enforced solitude, away from the other men. He
is bitter about being a back-busted nigger. He is thrilled when Lennie and Candy come into his room
and are his companions for a night, but first he is protective over the tiny area that he calls his own,
although he knows that he will never own something to himself.
`I get awful lonely up there' Curley's wife is trapped by a loveless marriage, and this admission of her
loneliness comes just before her death, perhaps this is Steinbeck making a point about the vulnerable
nature of the lonely.


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