What are some main points that can be used with the idea of 'desperate struggles against loneliness' in Of Mice and Men?I am writing an essay about the desperate struggles against loneliness in...

What are some main points that can be used with the idea of 'desperate struggles against loneliness' in Of Mice and Men?

I am writing an essay about the desperate struggles against loneliness in the novel and need some cogent points.

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Almost every character in Of Mice and Men is lonely.  George’s partnership with Lennie seems like an example of desperation againt loneliness to me!  George and Lennie partner together and are friends because each keeps the other company.

Slim looked through George and beyond him. “Ain’t many guys travel around together,” he mused. “I don’t know why. Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

“It’s a lot nicer to go around with a guy you know,” said George. (ch 2)

Curley’s wife is “married two weeks and got the eye” (ch 2) meaning she is already looking at other men.  She is lonely because her husband sees her as a trophy and not a companion, and she has no friends.  It is because of this that she talks about her dreams, wanting to be in pictures.

Candy is also lonely.  He is old, and feels worthless.  He keeps his old dog with him.

The old man squirmed uncomfortably. “Well—hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup. I herded sheep with him.” He said proudly, “You wouldn’t think it to look at him now, but he was the best damn sheep dog I ever seen.” (ch 3)

Candy needs the dog for company.  He compares his fate to the dog, because he is old and he feels he will soon be worthless too.

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