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Loneliness - Of Mice and Men

Vanessa Kranich and Anitha Suresh
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Vanessa Kranich

on 11 December 2012

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Transcript of Loneliness - Of Mice and Men

Character Crooks Language “Guys like us, that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place.” LONELINESS “George stacked the scattered cards and began to lay out his solitaire hand.” “I ain’t wanted in the bunk house, and you ain’t wanted in my room” A moment where language helps to bring out the theme of loneliness would be the description of Crooks stable. VANESSA KRANCH & ANITHA SURESH Structure Symbolism Solitaire Cards This happens multiple times in the novel.
George travels with Lennie and he has been all his life. One could think that they are the least lonely people in the book and that they will remain that way, but we are given some foreshadowing whenever George lays out a solitaire hand. Solitaire is a game for a single player; this might indicate that George will end up alone in the future. Crooks is isolated from all the other ranch workers due to his race. He lives alone at the horse stables and can't set foot in the other bunk house with the other men. Lennie attempts to speak with Crooks at one point, but Crooks still tries to keep his distance. He isn’t wanted in the bunk house or around the ranch because of his race, so he treats other people like they treat him, thus making himself even more lonely. George playing solitaire, which is a game for one player, represents his future loneliness. Crooks is one of the loneliest people on the ranch, because his race is different from the other men. The men working on the ranch at the time lead a lonely lifestyle. George and Lennie were always the least lonely people throughout the novel, but they still gain more companionship. (eg. Candy joining their dream) It seems like everyone’s loneliness depends on how long they have been on the ranch and how much they chose to interact with people. It's hard to describe loneliness a whole throughout the novel, because everyone's loneliness is at a different level.
* Candy's wife - always very lonely
* George and Lennie - have each other
* Crooks - lonely and doesn't want to do anything about it
* Slim - companionship from working on ranch for a while There is a certain order in the stable that shows his misery and loneliness. The only thing that he can do is to keep his place "tidy" and "neat", but Crooks will never receive anything in way of social interaction or a sense of community due to his race. The language he uses to describe the landscape and characters show signs of loneliness. "tidy" "neat" "personal possessions; for being alone" "scattered"
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