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The novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is about two men who are brought together and share few good times such as each others company and the more overwhelmingly the bad times Both men fight the loneliness that was ramped during the Depression The story begins in the foothills of Salinas California in the middle of the Great Depression Here we meet two men who are able to carry all of their possessions in a bindle and are continually planning on how to get their own land and live off of the fat a da land George the mentally stronger of the two tells his companion Lennie how life is going to be on this piece of land Lennie is constantly asking George to repeat his because it makes him feel good and this is understandable because Lennie has the mental capacity of a two year old Before the two men are able to purchase this coveted piece of land that they are after they need to save enough money That is the reason they go to work on a barley ranch This ranch will change their lives forever While at the ranch Lennie breaks the hand of the bosses son and then accidentally kills the wife of the son After Lennie kills the woman and other previous mishaps at previous jobs George realizes that because of Lennies mental capability or lack of it Lennie will continue to hurt and maybe even kill other people George decides to shoot Lennie in fear that if anyone else will get to him that they will hurt him Throughout this entire novel there are many examples of loneliness Steinbeck stresses the theme of loneliness through the characters of Crooks Candy and Curleys wife The first character Steinbeck uses to express loneliness in his book is Crooks Crooks is a crippled black ranch hand He became crippled when a horse kicked him in the back Also
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