Loneliness in Of Mice and Men
A look at the theme of loneliness in John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men.
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This paper discusses the theme of loneliness in the novel Of Mice and Men. The author looks at the characters and their experiences to portray the theme.
According to David Pratt, Friends will keep you sane, love can fill your heart, but lonely is the soul without a mate. In John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, he demonstrates the sanity of friendship, the love that a sense of family produces and how loneliness effects everyone. These themes are evident in the lives of two migrant workers and best friends who travel and work together on ranches. These best friends, George and Lennie, are complete opposites who stick together. It just seems kind of funny a cuckoo like him [Lennie] and a smart little guy like you [George] traveling together (Steinbeck 39). Ranch workers have a reputation of being alone making it unusual to see two guys sticking together to fight off loneliness. George and Lennie need each other’s company to conquer the nagging feeling of loneliness.”