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Explore The Ways In Which Characters Are Isolated

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Explore the ways in which characters are isolated or lonely on the ranch.

John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ portrays several characters as isolated or lonely whilst living on a ranch. By portraying the characters in ‘Of Mice and Men’ lonely, loneliness would affect their personalities such as how they think and how they behave giving more reasons to think they are all somewhat isolated even though they all live in a large group.

In Crooks case, loneliness has made him a very bitter individual; he is treated differently compared to the other workers on the ranch mainly because of his race but also because of his low status job. Other workers can’t relate to him unless he is working ...view middle of the document...

She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages…” this suggests that she thinks she must dress like that so she can get other men, aside from her Curley, to acknowledge her whenever she goes out or when he isn’t around her. Her clothing isn’t necessary because they live on a farm and also by dressing like that it shows her insecurity and inability to feel good about her appearance when she doesn’t dress up. By not being able to talk to anyone because she worries about what Curley will do to her or any of the workers, she has developed a personality that workers would try and avoid, by acting flirtatiously, she feels that this is the only way to deal with her loneliness.

Lennie’s loneliness accounts for his own inner conflicts and his desire to for friendship and affection and because of that it gave him the obsession and need for soft things such as animals. Lennie has also become aware of his own actions when he deals with smaller animals such as puppies or mice. Lennie shows his cautiousness to George when he states “Give `um to me George. I'll take `um back. I didn't mean no harm, George. Honest. I didn't. I jus' wanted to pet `um a little” loneliness has made Lennie become cautious towards others because of his huge amount of strength, this makes him constantly worry about getting in trouble and what George will do to him when he gets into trouble for doing something her never meant to do. His idea about having a farm full of rabbits, mice and puppies all derive from his need for a more interactive lifestyle. His mental condition and his uncontrollable strength prevent him from having the social life he dreamed of. Lennie has become unrealistic in many ways because of loneliness and his condition. Lennie most probably will not be able to achieve having a farm due to the fact that he isn’t able to control his strength.

George’s loneliness comes from having to take care of Lennie due to his condition and how he is unable to handle problems on his own. George had grown tired of Lennie causing them to lose jobs and having to move around from place to place, he comes...

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