Of Mice And Men: George And Lennie's Lonesomeness



In John Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie struggle to achieve their ultimate dream too save up and have a farm of their own. Lennie is a little delayed and George is just a typical guy so they use their friendship to stay together and make it in the real world. While spending time on the farm, Lennie starts to talk to Curley's wife. They both want to be with someone so they aren't lonesome. In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses George and Lennie's relationship to confirm the central idea of loneliness in the novel.
The novel starts off and is set in Soledad, which means lonely. At the beginning they get a job working on a farm together. Lennie is mildly retarded ...

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into town and abandons his dream by spending his money.
The main cause of George and Lennie's lonesomeness and that of all the people at the ranch was a lack of a home. The only thing that kept the two men going was their friendship with each other and the hope to soon get a place of their own. In the novel George and Lennie mention what their dream place is going to be like. "Someday we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house, and a couple of acres and a cow and some pigs (Steinbeck 16). Throughout the book the reference to having a place of their own is stressed. It is a deeper dream for Lennie than George because he is always asking to talk about it. It is here where the friendship between both men is starting to develop as they share the same basic dream.
In the early stages of the book it is brought to the reader's attention that before George and Lennie met, they didn't really have anyone there for them, nor did they have any family members ...

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with loneliness for land" (Steinbeck 89). Here it suggests that George and Lennie might not get a place, but they refuse to believe it. The last thing that they want is to be alone and that is why they hope nothing will happen: "I tell you a guy gets too lonely, then he gets sick" (Steinbeck 89). Lennie and George reassure that they won't be alone, and all of their dreams of having a place will come true.
George and Lennie have few differences in the novel. However, they join forces because they need a friendship and it would be easier to raise money for their dream with more than one partner. The Discouragement of their dream is in the opening chapter when George and Lennie's ...

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