How Does Steinbeck Present Loneliness and Isolation in Of Mice and Men(TM)?

‘Of Mice and Men’ was very first published in 1937 during the terrific depression and has actually had a terrific effect on employees in America given that. Steinbeck got the name of the book from a line in a poem ‘To a Mouse’ by Robert Burns, the poem reads ‘The very best laid plans o’Mice an’ Guy, gang aft agley, an’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ discomfort for promis ‘d joy!’ meaning that The best laid schemes of mice and men, Go typically incorrect, And leaves us nothing but grief and discomfort, For assured pleasure! This relates to completion of the book where George shoots Lennie, this is the part where it typically incorrect because the dream is no longer as huge as it was.

The book follows the journey of two employees, George and Lennie, travelling from Weed throughout America to the ‘Tyler ranch’ in Northern California.

The book starts by using descriptive language to get a picture into the readers mind, ‘Golden foothill slopes’ Steinbeck makes America sound like the perfect paradise even with all the racism and discrimination around at that time, people still wanted to go there in order to achieve ‘the American Dream’.

The setting of Soledad I believe, associates with Lennie, ‘Golden foothill slopes curve as much as the strong and rocky Gabilan mountains’, this echoes Lennie’s character as he is calm and gentle and has a ‘golden’ personality, but if you state something to distress him he will slowly ‘curve up’ to end up being strong and loaded with rage with fists as strong as rock. Lennie is an outcast of the group, linking to seclusion as he does not comprehend everything everyone says, and he does not know his own strength.

Lennie is treat differently by al of the men ain the bunk-house since he is child-like ‘He don’t indicate no damage … He’s a hero’ they are attempting to be-friend Lennie after what happened to Curley since they don’t want to wind up with a paralyzed hand, when they go into town, Lennie is left and the men speak to him like a child, he is a bit ‘sluggish’ and doesn’t comprehend why people treat him differently. The people at the bunk-house treat him like a child but they do include him in things like card video games, whereas Curley harms him, and Lennie does not understand why.

George is the brains of the 2, whenever Lennie is in difficulty, George exists to get him out of it, this makes Lennie feel like he has a friend and does not make him feel lonesome. ‘Conceal in the brush till I come for you’ George is revealing Lennie that he will never ever be alone, ‘I got you to take care of me, and you got me to look after you’ they battle like brothers however will never ever leave each other alone or make each other feel separated in anyway on function,.

‘An’ if a fren’ occurred … we ‘d say “Why don’t you stay the night”‘ they would have people who appreciate them. George has this concept of people like them who work on ranches not having any person to appreciate them, ‘With us it ain’t like that, we got a future’ George is revealing determination to help Lennie’s dream become a reality for them to have rabbits to be Lennie’s buddies so he isn’t lonesome, George wants them to be separated by having their own land where nobody can hurt them, and they can be a family.

I think George does feel lonesome however in the way where he can’t speak to anyone except for Lennie, George has boundaries for what he can talk to Lennie about in case he forgets it or doesn’t comprehend. When they arrive on the cattle ranch, George has a sense of relief when he confides in Slim and informs him what occurred back in Weed and also informs him how he used to tease Lennie which’s how they wound up travelling together, George feels less isolated due to the fact that now he has somebody to talk to that comprehends what occurred and he can let all of it off his chest without snapping at Lennie.

Candy is the earliest worker on the cattle ranch, now no use to anyone due to an injury that happened on the ranch, he has only one hand. Candy signs up with George and Lennie in the battle of achieving ‘The American Dream’ and provides cash for the farmhouse.’S’present I shared you men … how ‘d that be?’ Candy begins to feel less lonesome because George is at least considering it at this time, whereas the rest of the workers would not even offer him a possibility to speak about dreaming of it. He doesn’t feel so restricted of where he goes and who he talks to since he knows he isn’t going to be there for much longer.

Sweet wasn’t lonely in the start of the book due to the fact that he had his canine but the rest of the employees believed he was ineffective ‘He ain’t no good to you, Sweet. An’ he ain’t no good to himself’ I think this makes Candy seem like they’re talking about him which links to the isolation and seclusion since he can’t open up to anybody and I think Sweet feels threatened by George and Lennie’s arrival due to the fact that each time a new worker occurs, it could imply that Sweet wont be required any longer.

Sweet I think compares to the ‘ash-pile’ as he has become older and more worthless but he has actually entered into the ranch like a landmark. He likewise compares to the limb which I believe represents his stump, ‘Worn smooth’ which relates to Sweet always rubbing it.

Crooks is the only ‘negro’ on the ranch, he is physically isolated by having a room to himself, in a separate structure and not being psychologically able to bring himself to speak to any of the employees, when Lennie initially experiences Crooks, Crooks attempts to get Lennie to seem like he feels, and to comprehend how it feels to be separated. The book was written in the 1940’s where the majority of America was segregated, Scoundrels was segregated and was just enabled to mix with the workers on Christmas.

Curley’s other half is isolated as she is the only female on the cattle ranch. She is viewed as hazardous due to the fact that she uses red, ‘She is wearing a dress that shows her legs and her lips and nails are red’. George informs Lennie to keep away from her due to the fact that of the hazardous red lips, Sweet informs George that she’s a tart however George can see that for himself.

When Lennie remains in the barn burying his pup, Curley’s partner walks in and starts talking about her soft hair, she knew that Lennie was capable of triggering extreme discomfort and damage to somebody, but she didn’t know he was capable of eliminating somebody, Lennie doesn’t know his own strength.

This is a replay of what took place in Weed as Lennie felt something smooth that he liked and couldn’t let go.

The quote at the end of the book ‘Now what the hell ya expect is eatin’ them two men?’ These are the very last words in the book and are spoken by Carlson. Carlson only enters the book when things are connected to loosing family, he shoots Sweet’s pet and shows no sympathy towards him. This recommends that Carlson is a really lonesome character due to the fact that he does not understand what it’s like to enjoy someone and loose them.

Slim shows sympathy and compassion towards George, and cares for him. This recommends that Slim knows what its like to loose family, and I think that’s how he ended up alone on the cattle ranch, since he lost his household so he decided to try and achieve the American Imagine making something out of nothing.

George needs to let go and ‘put down’ his own household, by killing Lennie, he also eliminates the dream, not simply his, but Candy’s aswell. George is now not only alone, but has actually isolated himself from everyone much more.

Criminal’s predictions have become a reality which is no surprise to him, he’s been there for years and has actually seen loads of employees have the same dream, but never ever believed that them would accomplish it.

Completion of the book is left open for you to think what you want, if you want to think George and Sweet got the farmhouse or whether you think George stayed at the cattle ranch, there is no best answer so you develop your own ending.