Of Mice And Men Loneliness Essay

529 Words3 Pages
John Steinbeck took the title of his short novel, ‘Of mice and men’ from a line in the poem ‘to a mouse’ - "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley" which means that all the wonderful plans that we make, often goes away from the expectation, even if we are very careful about it. This story is about the friendship of two migrant workers George and Lennie during the ‘great depression’ in the USA and their journey towards making their dream of having their own piece of land and growing their own food breeding animals come true. George is short, careful and smart while Lennie is big, extremely strong and has a mental disability yet he is very kind-hearted and innocent. Their friendship is very unique as they travel together,…show more content…
The main theme here is loneliness and every character is lonely in one way or other and is looking for someone who they can share their feelings with and can understand them. They want other people to see things from their side and their perspectives and to understand their feelings but usually they end up misunderstanding each other. As Mother Teresa quotes, “The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted”, this novel shows how that can affect a person in different aspects of his/her life and how it can get worse with time and environment. Different emotions like selfishness, jealousy, love and hate, sexism, racism and friendship are discussed here. At the beginning of the book, George and Lennie arrive in a small pool on the way to their new workplace. They had to run away from weed, their previous workplace because Lennie got into a trouble. He likes to pet soft things and when he saw a girl wearing a soft red dress, he could not help himself from touching the dress. The girl thought he was going to do something bad to her and screamed out loud and all the men chased Lennie away. Lennie’s obsession of soft things and his disability are repeated throughout the novel and are linked to most of the major
Open Document