Loneliness In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men conveys themes such as friendship, alienation and loneliness, and mental disability. These themes are shown through Lennie’s mental disability and through George and Lennie’s alienation in society. This book provides many different themes giving this book many great details. A major theme in John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men, probably the most important theme, is alienation and loneliness. We see many examples of how the alienation affected them in how they acted together, and what their goals were. In the book, George tells us about what he is feeling. “Guys like us," George says, "that work on the ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong noplace." Lennie replies: "But not us. And why. Because … because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why."…show more content…
13-14) Lennie and George are not the only people that are lonely and this quote is saying that it's impossible to not be lonely, because they have no one that really cares about them. Lennie gives him hope so that they can keep staying together. Also, when George and Lennie went to work on the ranch, the ranch boss had looked at the two of them suspiciously because, the two of them like to stay with each other, so George made up a lie to cover up why they stick together all the time. "He's my ... cousin," George tells the ranch boss. "I told his old lady I'd take care of him." (Steinbeck, pg. ) George had to his boss the he and Lennie were cousins, and that he had promised Lennie’s mother that he would take care of him. By him saying this, he was trying to ensure that Lennie would get the job, and also because he didn’t want to be
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