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Of Mice and Men Essay In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck loneliness is a theme that plays out the entire novel affecting almost every character Nearly all of the characters display a handicap some that arent as obvious as others Whether because of a physical or mental handicap age class race or gender almost everyone finds themselves outside the structures of social power and each suffers greatly as a result Lennies handicap is quite obvious Lennie is mentally challenged and doesnt understand things even though he tries so hard Take for example his puppy he doesnt understand his own strength so he accidentally kills the dog You aint so little as mice I didnt bounce you hard he talks to the puppy questioning it on why it died He is worried George will be mad Lennie lives to make George happy Lennie knows that he is different from everyone he works with and this sets him apart and causes his loneliness Characters in the novel find it comforting talking to Lennie he doesnt understand much so you can say anything to him Curlys wife found talking to Lennie comforting but not realizing his danger her attempt to comfort him ended in her tragic demise Curlys wife expressed her loneliness to Lennie Why cant I talk to you I never get to talk to nobody I get awful lonely she told him her failed hopes of becoming a movie star and her misery of being married to Curly Crooks also becomes fond of Lennie Crooks is set apart from others by his race he is not allowed to live in the same quarters as the white workers and this makes him bitter His race causes his loneliness Candy an ageing handyman is missing one hand and is getting older so he is worried about his future on the farm On the farm it seems there is no protection for
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