Of Mice and Men
teaches a grim lesson about the nature of human existence. Nearly
all of the characters, including George, Lennie, Candy, Crooks, and
Curley's wife, admit, at one time or another, to having a profound
sense of loneliness and isolation.
Isnt it ironic that you can be together but lonely, and alone but not lonely? George, Who works at a ranch near Soledad, California, With his friend Lenny. Always has someone with him but still has a feeling of loneliness because no one understands him. George, who is very smart, has to baby Lennie everywhere around because he lacks the basic knowledge of everyday life. Getting him fired from many jobs and into lots of trouble. During the Great Depression, They go to different ranches around show more content
Powerlessness takes many forms intellectual, financial, societal and Steinbeck touches on them all. Lennie, who is seen as a beast in other workers eyes is only strong. He lacks all other traits that would make him a better worker, Being mentally handicapped and childlike sets him back tremendously. For example, he knows what it is to be good, and he doesn't want to be bad, but he lacks the mental acuity that would help him understand and, therefore, avoid the dangers that unfold before him. Hence why he relys on George to guide him through everyday tasks. George, in this regard, is also powerless. Although he can instruct Lennie on what to do and not do, and although he perceives the danger posed by Curley's wife, he cannot be with Lennie every hour of every day and, therefore, cannot truly protect Lennie from himself. In the end, the only thing that George can do is protect Lennie from the others. Economic powerlessness is why George and Lennie are working in the first place. They do not want to work but have to so they can reach their goal, Buying a Ranch for themselves. They are not the only workers that want to buy land for themselves, But struggle saving for their goal. As Crooks explains, "I seen guys nearly crazy with loneliness for land, but ever' time a whorehouse or a blackjack game took what it takes." In other words, it is part of the human conditionto always want instant gratification rather than save for
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