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Unformatted text preview: Of Mice and Men In John Steinbeck’s of Mice and Men, Steinbeck tells the story of two migrant farm workers who travel farm to farm in search of a job. The two men, George and Lennie, find work on a farm, where they meet many people. It is through Lennie and George’s interactions with these people that we come to find the theme of this novel, which is thought to be friendship, is really about loneliness. This reoccurring theme of loneliness is displayed by three characters Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Candy. Candy is an old ranch worker with only one hand. Because of his handicap he fears that his boss will tell him he is useless and will ask him to leave the ranch. Candy has a dog on the ranch with him, and, just like Candy, the dog is aging and becoming very useless. Carlson, another man on the ranch, talks Candy into putting the dog out of his misery. Candy becomes very lonely once his dog dies, He even says, “I wish somebody would shoot me when I become useless.” Candy’s dog serves as a symbol that says, “I wish somebody would shoot me when I become useless....
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- Fall '07
- Of Mice And Men, Loneliness