Their talk about raising cows and drinking their milk, about planting and tending a vegetable garden, contrasts starkly with their actual diet - cans of beans with if they're lucky ketchup. They provide a gasp of air when the other could not catch their breath. She is so lonely that she goes to Crooks' barn house to talk to the three men. Went out to the Riverside Dance Palace with him. Near the end of the novella, when Lennie kills Curelys wife, he is only worried about one thing — what will George think.
The farm on which George and Lennie plan to live—a place that no one ever reaches—has a magnetic quality, as Crooks points out. Later in the same conversation we hear of a second association with Curley's hands. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. The first example of love from George to Lennie is when the characters first run over to the pool. Friendly and understanding, he invites George into conversation. The first and perhaps most prominent person that needs companionship is Curley's Wife who has absolutely no one to talk to. It is almost as if he is a full-grown child, as George.
Crooks shows that hope and companionship are necessary to survive. They lose sight of their dreams. Psychologically, when people cannot care for themselves to the degree they wish, the ability to protect and provide sustenance for a lesser creature or person provides a sense of accomplishment that they cannot attain in any other way. Lennie never means to be mean - he never means much at all. They express their unhappiness and yearning for companionship as a result of this lifestyle many times as the story unfolds.
When, in the end, he is effectively euthanized by George, we see that even his friend and companion has accepted that Lennie, like Candy's dog, is better off dead. After losing their jobs and homes, people were left isolated and had to travel around moving from job to job earning what they could find. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny. They provide each other a figurative crutch, and when one of them needs help the other is there to support him. Overall, these facts point toward the idea that without companionship, despair ensues. I could eat any place I want, hotel or any place, and order any damn thing I could think of. George and Lennie don't text each other eleven times a day, and they don't like every single cat picture the other posts on Facebook—but we still get the sense that they take their friendship more seriously than anything.
Crooks is isolated because of his skin color. You can't keep a job and you lose me ever' job I get. All of them seek out companionship but are unable to find it. Friendship 6: Crooks is so desperate for companionship that he is appreciative of someone who cannot understand him or converse with him. Candy's dog is shot because it no longer serves a purpose, reflecting the harsh life that the men live, where there is no room for things that are not useful, and this extends to humans too. A silent head and beak lanced down and plucked it out by the head, and the beak swallowed the little snake while its tail waved frantically. Social fitness One concept that Steinbeck clearly borrows from biology is that of environmental fitness.
The setting in Of Mice and Men is a perfect example of how unequal the ideals and the realities are. The men looked quickly at the old man. Most men were just trying to do the best they could for themselves, as it was hard to find work and earn money at the time. Since had a job and were making money, they had a dream of one day buying a farm of their own. Thus Curley's hands are tied to sex as well as violence. The inevitability of aloneness within the lives… 2412 Words 10 Pages here needs to be tied up in relation to The great depression and role of itinerant workers in more detail. Friendship 3: When George tells Slim how he used to play tricks on Lennie, beat him up, and generally abuse him for his own amusement, we get a very different picture of Lennie and George's friendship.
He cannot think ahead, nor can he learn from his past actions - he is stuck in a constant present with the childish exception of the dream of the rabbits , petting pretty things as he finds them and obeying orders as he receives them. She turned at last to the other two. So once again, why does George stay with Lennie? In the opening scene, he is depicted gulping down water like an animal, and his friend and fellow main character, George Milton, claims that he would drink out of a gutter if he were thirsty. Curley's wife also spends her days hounded by her mean-spirited husband; her attempts to reach out to the other men backfire and win her the not undeserved reputation of a flirt. After all, Lennie is quite likable and, when around George, controllable. Unlike Candy, he will not let someone else shoot his best friend. Topic Sentence: Even though actual examples of companionship and loyalty are shared throughout the book, the lack of friendship and loyalty conveys Steinbeck's message as well.
The relationships between Candy and his dog, George and Slim, and Lennie and animals reveal to the reader that friendship and loyalty coincide. Lennie is trying his hardest to be gentle and still manages to kill the mouse. In the end, the only thing that George can do is protect Lennie from the others. Loneliness at home And it's not just the workers - most of the characters in Of Mice and Men exhibit signs of desperate isolation, including those who can be said to have settled into a permanent situation. Crooks, for example, must occupy a room in the stable alone, and he is not welcome in the bunkhouse. For George, the hope of such companionship dies with Lennie, and true to his original estimation, he will go through life alone. He is, in this sense, a character without personal meaning.
His intellectual weakness parallels Candy's physical weakness. Not even Curly and his wife enter a room at the same time. The men looked quickly at the old man. The novella Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck in 1937, is a book about two very different but close pals. This, however, renders him all the more dangerous, given his crushing strength.
His violence is premeditated and calculating. She uses her power to flirt with other ranch hands to make her husband jealous even though she was in ingenuous person. She lashes out in frustration as characters reject her attempts for company. As long as the men spend their money on the weekends, they will continue to be powerless. Many of the other characters are searching for companionship but are unable to find it. Curley's Wife's gender symbolizes loneliness as she is the only character on the ranch who is a female.