Desire for Companionship in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"
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Imagine being discriminated against because of your ethnicity; or being the only woman on a ranch, stuck in a loveless marriage, when all you really want is someone to talk to. What about having to kill that friend, and bury all chances of breaking free from the life of the average migrant worker? How would you feel? These scenarios in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men illustrate the need and desire for companionship in life. There's Crooks, the negro stable buck; Curley's wife, whose marriage to Curley hasn't exactly been lively; and George and Lennie, whose friendship is strong enough to get them to a better life and out of the negetive cycle that the average migrant worker became trapped in during the Great Depression. Crooks, the…show more content…
[…] And scattered about the floor were a number of personal possessions; for, being alone, Crooks could leave his things about'” ( 66). Crooks is physically isolated from the rest of the migrant workers. He is alone and by himself. He is given worse living conditions, and not treated like the other workers. His bed is just a box with straw and he had to lay his belongings on the floor, while the workers had actual bunks with “two shelves for the personal belongings of the occupant of the bunk” (17). But despite Crooks being isolated from the other workers, he still values friendship, perhaps more so than most of the other workers. When Crooks is talking to Lennie in the stables, he confesses, “'A guy needs somebody – to be near him. […] A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you'” (72). Crooks values companionship, but is all alone as an adult. He is jealous of Lennie, who has always had George to look after him. Lennie doesn't understand what it's like for Crooks not to have anyone who is always there for him. He tries to make Lennie understand by saying “S'pose George don't come back no more” (71). Lennie can't imagine what it would be like without George, and can't understand Crooks' loneliness.In addition, when Candy asks Crooks if he wants to come into the barn, Crooks replies, “'Come on in. If ever'body's comin' in, you might just as well.' It was difficult for Crooks to conceal his pleasure with
Essay about Lonliness and Friendship in Of Mice And Men
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Lonliness and Friendship in 'Of Mice And Men'
In terms of emotional stability, there is one thing in life that is really needed, and that is friends. Without friends, people would suffer from lonliness and solitude. Lonliness leads to low self-esteem and deprivation. In the novel, Of Mice And Men, by John Steinbeck, the two main themes are friendship and lonliness.
There are two main characters, George and Lennie. Lennie is a massive man with incredible strength, but has a childs mind. George is a fairly sized man who is not incredibly strong, but has good common sense. What one man lacks, the other man makes up for. It is a perfect example of how…show more content…
He would yell at Lennie and tell him if he didnt have him he could go and do as he pleased. When in reality George did not want these things. He was greatful to have a friend in Lennie, so he would not have to be alone. With Lennie's simple mind, he could not comprehend what George was talking about most of the time. He believed that George got upset over simple things such as ketchup. He too was very thankful to have George to go along with. Although he did not understand the complexity of things sometimes, he knew that he had a true friend who he trusted wouldnt leave him.
The friendship between Lennie and George went beyond what was unambiguous, they shared a common dream, and they never stopped trying to acheive their dream. They dream of a peice of land of their own. Independence. A couple of acres, a cow, some pigs, and rabbits that Lennie dreams of tending to. Their dream will later be shattered by fate.
The unlikely destroyer of George and Lennie's dream is a young woman who is married to the boss's son Curley. The theme of loneliness is again shown in Curley's wife. Her loneliness is so determined to her that she becomes a flirt and is still lonely. She attempts to use herself to gain the attention of the ranchers to sooth her loneliness. These acts gave her a sense of relief and made her feel wanted so she can share