Of Mice And Male– George and Lennie
Ranch workers, as George states, are the loneliest people on the planet. This isolation is freely depicted in the book. Their lives do not allow them to form any close friendships– enabling them to want a friend to comfort them.
George and Lennie are partially an exception in this isolation. Lennie, due to his psychological ability, has actually never ever felt loneliness. This is primarily due to the fact that George has actually always been with him. George has also not felt lonesome before because he has Lennie for companionship. “Men like us, that work on ranches are the loneliest men worldwide. They got no family. They do not belong no location …” (p. 15). “With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got someone to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar-room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other people gets in prison they can rot for all anybody offers a damn. But not us.” “However not us! An’ why? Because … because I got you to take care of me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.” (p. 15– 16).
Nearing the end of the novel, as George is about to shoot Lennie, he retells him of their life together in the future, understanding at the very same time that it can never come true anymore. Reciting the story and imagine the farm once again, is a surrender to the truth that it will never ever happen which his life ahead will be lived in solitude. Lennie has constantly been the one that set George apart from being any other common ranch employee, but with him gone, he is absolutely nothing more than a worker on a cattle ranch.
Candy is an old guy that is almost of no usage to the cattle ranch anymore. He is extremely keen on his sheepdog that is simply as old, useless and maimed as he is. Candy is connected to his canine just as Lennie and George are attached to each other. This is factor to why he was reluctant to enable it to be killed by Carlson. Killing his pet would be taking away his only form of companionship.
When Candy overhears George speaking to Lennie about their farm, he questions if such a sanctuary exists. This makes him eager to be part of it. Candy’s response shows that the thought of there being a sanctuary would permit him to have a sense of longing and function and therefore cast his lonely life away. Apart from the truth he would be fired when he could not do the couple of jobs he was offered, he excitedly and willingly wanted to go to this sanctuary. This signifies that he frantically wanted to escape from his lonesome life.
Criminals, who is a coloured man and has a crooked back, emerges as the loneliest person in the unique, merely due to the fact that of his race. His loneliness and desire for business is clearly revealed when Lennie walks into his space and he provides him a seat. A lot more so, when Candy appears and he does not object to having him in his room either. Criminals tells Lennie that his life is a lonesome one. “I inform ya a man gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.” (p. 72).
He envies the relationship and bond that Lennie and George share. It advises him of his more youthful days when his 2 siblings were always near him. This is the reason why he attacks Lennie on the possibility of George not coming back from town. He desires Lennie to feel the same way as he does– having the someone you are closest to eliminated from you and having absolutely nothing left however isolation.
It can be guessed that an accident may have taken place to his bros.
When Sweet tells Crooks of the farm that they are going to purchase, Crooks can not assist it, however want a part of this sanctuary. Simply as Sweet reacted, Crooks does the exact same thing. He wishes to escape his solitude on the cattle ranch and rather go to a place where he will have a feeling of belonging. He in the future retracts his deal knowing that his dream of belonging will never take place. “Well, jus forget it,” stated Crooks. “I didn’ suggest it. Jus foolin’. I wouldn’ wish to go no location like that.” (p. 82).
Curley’s better half is portrayed to be a flirtatious, temptress character enjoying her life and the reader might dismiss her as George had. In the final scene as she speaks with Lennie about herself, it is shown that she too is a typical human that is surprisingly lonely. “Why can’t I speak to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get horrible lonely.” (p. 85). She has no one to talk to her. She feels so lonely that she stoops as to speak with Lennie, Crooks and Sweet. “Sat’iday night. Ever’body out doin’ som’pin’. Ever’body! An’ what am I doin’? Standin’ here talkin’ to a lot of bindle stiffs– a nigger an’ a dum-dum and a poor ol’ sheep– an’ likin’ it because they ain’t nobody else.” (p. 78).
This shows that every lonesome person, Crooks, Curley’s other half and Sweet, search for a buddy anywhere they can. Life on a ranch was indeed a lonely one.