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Of Mice and Men loneliness/friendship and dream quotes?What are loneliness/friendship...
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“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody 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 guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us.”
George has experienced loneliness and therefore knows the pain and sorrow that comes with it. However he has Lennie and is always with him. Sometimes he acts like his life would be better without Lennie (as if he’s a burden), however most of the time he takes great care of Lennie and makes sure to keep him out of trouble as much as possible.
George knows that he is not alone and this gives him hopes and dreams and a feeling of friendship.
Due to the fact that George has a friend (Lennie), he also has the chance to share hopes and dreams with him. They have a dream of owning their own place and “livin’ off of the fatta the lan’” and own their own animals (especially rabbits).
They both want to escape the clutches of society that keeps them working hard for little pay, they want their freedom:
““S’pose they was a carnival or a circus 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. Jus’ say, ‘We’ll go to her,’ an’ we would. Jus’ milk the cow and sling some grain to the chickens an’ go to her.””
These dreams keep them working hard and travelling together so that they can earn the money they need to fulfil their visions. Steinbeck uses Crooks’ life to help explain the relationship between George and Lennie in that he made the character of Crooks to be a lonely man who has lost sight of his dreams and only holds a few precious memories from long ago, life has worn him out and he expresses himself to Lennie telling him how a man needs another to be somebody and to do anything in life.
Lennie is not alone, he knows that he has George to take care of him and says that George would never leave him no matter what. Lennie’s reliance on George shows the deep trust between them and conveys their strong friendship.
Lennie’s dreams are similar to George’s. He want to have a place he could call home, a place he lives in with his best friend George and his rabbits. Lennie also would rather work for himself than for others (like George and Candy).
Posted by xblackstonex on February 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM (Answer #2)
Loneliness is a major theme in the novella Of mice and Men.
George: "guys like us, that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world.They got no family. They don't belong to no place"
Curleys Wife: " Why can't i talk to you? i never get to talk to nobody.I get awful lonenly"
The loneliest people on the ranch are Crooks, Candy and Curley's wife
Candy shows his loneliliness through his eagerness to gossip to newcomers.
Curleys wife shows it through the need of always flirting with the "ranch hands"
Crooks, because of his skin colour.
George: "We kinda look after each other"
George: "we got somebody to talk to that gives damn about us"
Lennie and George share the same dream of owning a bit of land some day. Where they could have different animals and grow different types of vegetables.
Curley's wife: dream is not fulfilled as she wanted to become a famous movie star but her "old lady" wouldnt let her.
Posted by staarh on December 13, 2011 at 3:31 AM (Answer #1)
Curley’s wife seeks the attention of any man she meets. She is the only woman in the ranch and feels objectified by Curley. She is always hanging around the bunkhouse because she is bored and feeling alone, she does not think that Curley is treating her well as his wife and so she tries to flirt with other men. She does not really try to hide this fact from her husband that much maybe because she wants to make him feel small and rejected.
She spends time with characters that are weak because she needs their company; the other men are able to reject her presence and escape her. While she mocks them, she also speaks to them of her dilemma and doesn’t care whether they want to hear it or not.
She thought she had the potential to be a Hollywood star; however her mother would not allow her to go to Hollywood fearing that she is too young.
Her personality is moulded mainly by the fact that she does not have any more dreams. This, together with the loneliness she feels, makes her act rashly and treat others badly.
The only ‘friend’ he had was his old dog, who ended up getting killed due to his old age. Candy feels very lonely and tries to befriend George and Lennie. They decide to take him with them to their little piece of land as he begged them to go and even promised to pay for more than half the amount of the cost of the land and work the odd jobs around the house. He was afraid that once he would be old and helpless, he’ll have no place to go and no one kind enough to shoot him like his dog was shot.
Candy said: “Everybody wants a liitle bit if land, not much. Jus’ som’thin’ that was his. Somethin’ he could live on and there couldn’t nobody throw him off of it. I never had none. I plated crops for damn near ever’body in this state, but they wasn’t my crops, and when I harvested ‘em, it wasn’t none if my harvest. But we gonna do it now, and don’t make no mistake about that.”
Candy has lived all his life working for others, for once, he wants to travel with friends and follow his own dreams and own something that was his and work for himself.
Posted by xblackstonex on February 7, 2012 at 10:05 PM (Answer #3)
Crooks' place on the ranch is permanent; he is not a migrant worker like the rest of the ranch hands who live in the bunkhouse. Crooks is the black stable hand or buck and is isolated by his colour (he’s the only black man in the ranch) and can’t socialize with the men or visit their bunkhouse. The men at the ranch never call him by name but by the term ‘nigger’, this is not really because they are insulting him it was just the norm at the time.
The loneliness Crooks feels due to the discrimination of his race is deep and he understands it well, he says:
“A guy sets alone out here at night, maybe readin’ books or thinkin’ or stuff like that. Sometimes he gets thinkin’, an’ he got nothing to tell him what’s so an’ what ain’t so. Maybe if he sees somethin’, he don’t know whether it’s right or not. He can’t turn to some other guy and ast him if he sees it too. He can’t tell. He got nothing to measure by. I seen things out here. I wasn’t drunk. I don’t know if I was asleep. If some guy was with me, he could tell me I was asleep, an’ then it would be all right. But I jus’ don’t know.”
He understands that every man needs another to live. They need someone to help them get through life and to have aspirations and Crooks doesn’t have this kind of person with him.
“I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an’ that same damn thing in their heads . . . every damn one of ’em’s got a little piece of land in his head. An’ never a God damn one of ’em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land.”
As from what Crooks said, he thinks that it is impossible for any man to fulfil his dreams, to finally be able to reach them, he thinks it’s something that people will always be chasing without ever getting close to it.
Posted by xblackstonex on February 7, 2012 at 10:05 PM (Answer #4)
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