Essay on Loneliness in the book “Of Mice and Man”
I would say that the whole story is mostly about loneliness. I am sure the author did it on purpose. Even though he wrote about feelings and emotions the characters in the book had, it applies to most ordinary people. Most of us feel lonely sometimes…
There was a lot of characters that were lonely in the book. I would start with Lennie because I think he was a kind of a main character in the book. He certainly was lonely, but I am not really sure it made much difference to him, because he was a little bit insane. He didn’t have any friends except of George. But he felt that he doesn't sometimes understand what George is talking about.
From the book I got the impression that George is more like Lennie’s father than a friend. Gorge looked after Lennie all the time. Every time Lennie got into some trouble George always helped him out. George was lonely in a certain way too. Lennie wasn’t actually George’s equal friend, Lennie was just someone he took care of. He was depending on him, and George knew it. I think he felt that Lennie was a kind of “dead-weight” for him. Of course he liked him, but they always lost their job, because Lennie had done something. And George just wanted to settle down, have a job and a girl-friend.
There were other lonely characters in the book too. Curley’s wife, who we mentioned in our previous essay, Crooks and Candy.
The other ranch-workers never talked to Crooks, because he was black. They wouldn’t event let him go to the bunk-house to play cards with them, because they thought that he “stinks”. Crooks felt of course miserable and embarrassed. The only thing he could do was to keep himself isolated from all the other people. That was his defence.
Candy was old, that’s why he was alone most of the time. Together with George and Lennie he dreamed of their own farm.
Lennie, Candy and Crooks were the “weak” one...