Of Mice And Men
By; John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men novel, Steinbeck's story of George and Lennie's problems of owning their own ranch, and the problems that stand in the way of that dignity, loneliness, and sacrifice. Lennie, the mentally handicapped giant who makes George's dream of owning his own ranch worthwhile, becomes the greatest problem to achieving that dream. During the book they overcome some problems , but solve them at the end of the day.
One major theme in John Steinbeck's novel of Mice & Men would be loneliness. The theme of loneliness is most noticeable in Candy, Crooks, and Curley's wife. Candy's dog stopped Candy from being alone in the world. After its death, Candy struggles against loneliness by sharing in George and Lennie's dream. Curley's wife is also lonely, she is the only female on the ranch, and her husband has forbidden anyone to talk with her. She works through her loneliness by flirting with the ranch hands. Crooks is isolated because of his skin color. As the only black man on the ranch, he is not allowed into the bunkhouse with the others, and he does not associate with them. He works through his loneliness with books and his work.
"Suppose there was a carnival or a circus to come to town, or a ball game, or any damn thing." Old Candy nodded in appreciation of the idea. "We'd just go to her," George said. “We wouldn’t ask nobody if we could. Just say, ‘We’ll go to her, an we would. Just milk the cow and sling some grain to the chickens an’ go to her.” (Steinbeck76).