Of Mice and Men - Isolation and Loneliness

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Loneliness and Isolation

Steinbeck himself gives us a huge hint to the theme of Loneliness, by calling the nearby town 'Soledad'. This means 'Loneliness' In Spanish!


  • Slim says ranch workers "get so they don't want to talk to nobody"
  • George says ranch guys "are the loneliest in the world"
  • Crooks says "A guy needs somebody- To be near him"
  • And he also says "A guy goes if he ain't got nobody"

Basically everyone on the ranch is lonely

  • All the bunkhouse men are single - they are pretty likely to be lonely
  • They're like orphans. George says "They've got no family."
  • George plays solitaire- A game for one.
  • Lennie and George look after each other, but George still feels lonely.
  • It is like an unequal marriage. George has all the responsiblity.




very well written. Thanks!, it has helped me for my english GCSE

jenny gray

thank you! 

Prem Wadhwani

candy instead of Curley

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