John Stecks novel, Of Mice and Men, clearly illustrates how the 1930s were difficult times to live in with harsh conditions to escape. Pick three characters who happen to be caught up in this theme...

John Stecks novel, Of Mice and Men, clearly illustrates how the 1930s were difficult times to live in with harsh conditions to escape. Pick three characters who happen to be caught up in this theme of Confinement. Also give a thesis. 

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I like this idea, because confinement is a theme that is in the book. The question is which characters show they are confined. 

First, we can say that Lennie is confined to a certain extent. He was confined socially. He was a young boy in a man's body. He could not navigate in life by himself. So, he had George to watch out for him. In this sense, his lack of agency and independence made him confined. 

Second, George also felt confined. He was confined by his poverty, to be sure, but he was also confined by his relationship to Lennie. He had to take care of him. 

Third, Crooks was also confined. He was handicapped in a world where manual labor was important, but he more importantly was a black man in a white world. So, he felt great alienation. The fact that he lived alone in a shack shows this point.

Fourth, Candy also was confined, because he was past the age of usefulness. Like his dog that was shot when it got too old, he was getting too old. 

You can see that almost every character was confined in some way or another. 

Now here is a possible thesis:

Alienation from one another leads to confinement. 

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