Theme Of Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

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Loneliness is a universal concept throughout both literature and the real world. Although it is possible that loneliness is a personal choice, a majority of people are isolated from others due to social barriers. The novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck recounts the tale of a group of men living on a ranch in the era of the Great Depression, more specifically the story narrates the lives of two men, George and Lennie. After being chased out of Weed because of a false rape accusation, the two men are hired at a ranch in Soledad where they meet a series of interesting characters such as Candy, Crooks, Curley, and Curley’s wife who are each isolated from the others in their own way. The novella recounts the lives of George and Lennie attempting to achieve their shared dream of owning their own…show more content…
Sexism, racism, and the discrimination of people because of their age or a mental disability cause many complex characters to have their potential be cut short by society. Whether or not these people be geniuses, celebrities, criminals, or simple-minded workers, the ostracization of such figures because of factors they cannot control may be limiting society from receiving its best contributions from these people. Sadly, there is still prejudice against people of minorities in the world we live in today. Although it is to a lesser, more secretive and looked-down-upon scale, some people are still living in the past and believe that humans of certain genders, races, religions, creeds, and sexual orientations deserve different rights than they do themselves because they are not what these people consider to be “normal”. Although the characters in Of Mice and Men were always surrounded by other individuals, it was the social barriers created by being together as a society that caused them to feel
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