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Poverty comes in all types and exists in all forms It is poverty when you dont have enough to eat and we see it every time we pass a homeless person in the city Poverty surrounds us it is in the very air we breathe However when we talk about poverty one doesnt usually think in terms of emotional needs Mother Teresa once said The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved Loneliness is a prime example of poverty obviously It is described as a feeling of bleakness and desolation John Steinbecks story Of Men And Mice is a perfect story about loneliness and abandonment This is a story about two men who have found a job at this one ranch George is a small man who has been asked to look after Lennie Even though he whines a lot we know that he appreciates the bond he has with Lennie Lennie is a big guy cant understand anything except the most basic of emotions - one of them being loneliness Because of Lennies innocence and simply being able to understand loneliness he is the one that ends up talking to two of the loneliest characters ironically Though he cannot understand what they are saying he understands that they are lonely These two characters are Crooks and Curleys wife Crooks has been segregated from the group of ranch workers just because his skin color is different He may be the smartest man on the ranch yet he cannot share it with anyone His abilities have gone to waste and slowly the loneliness and feeling of abandonment is eating him alive Curleys wife doesnt have a specific name and that is because she is not thought of as a person but rather a possession of Curleys She is his to use when he wants to ignore when he wants to dictate what he wants She is nameless She is not thought of
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