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First published in 1937 Of Mice and Men is a classic American novel by John Steinbeck George and Lennie are two ranch hands that travel together with George watching over the mentally inferior Lennie When they start work at a new ranch several different characters are introduced One affliction that seems to face several characters is loneliness created by factors such as the characters lifestyles and by social standards of the time period Steinbecks theme that loneliness is unhealthy and dangerous to a persons well being is emphasized throughout the novel This underlying theme is first introduced in the novel when George talks to Lennie about the advantage they have over other itinerant workers of the time George described how other ranch hands like themselves who traveled alone had nothing to look forward to and no one to look after them He told Lennie how other workers would just work up a stake and blow it at a bar because they had no where else to go no one else to look after them George explained how Lennie and himself were different from those lonely workers when he said With us it aint like that We got a future We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us Steinbeck 15 Because of Lennie and Georges relationship they are able to focus on their dream of having their own farm someday instead of falling into a routine of moving from ranch to ranch and wastefully spending their pay at the end of the month In addition although Lennie is a burden George accepts their relationship to fight his own loneliness As he explains to Slim I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone That aint no good They dont have no fun After a long time they get mean They get wantin to fight all the time 45 George appreciates Lennies companionship because he knows that being alone can lead
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