Loneliness is one of the most horrible feelings in the world. The definition of Loneliness is, the sadness because one has no friends or company.A profound part of what contributes to the feeling of loneliness is a lack of emotional connection with others. Loneliness has the power to cloud one’s behavior, and ultimately changing him or her as a person. In “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, Steinbeck makes his theme of loneliness clear in his story through the friendship of George and Lennie throughout the story
One of the characters in the novel who experienced the effects of loneliness was George Milton. For the entire story, we see George as Lennie’s caretaker/guardian since Lennie suffered from his mental condition and was unable to take care of himself. The struggle of being with Lennie was that Lennie always unknowingly got himself into trouble, causing both him and George to lose every job they received. As a result, they never stayed in any one place for long, causing George to never develop relationships with anyone else. In addition, he never could connect with many other ranch hands either saying, “I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain’t no good. They don’t have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get wantin’ to fight all the time’ (Steinbeck 41).
George expressed his frustration with the other ranch hands, and it was obvious that he does not have a solid friendship with any of them. Two ranch hands he particularly never got along with were Curley and Carlson. Curley and Carlson were the kind of people who were never in touch with anyone’s emotions. After George killed Lennie, Carlson noticed that he was saddened by Lennie’s death and responded by saying, ‘Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?’ (107). The lack of empathy created a barrier between George and Carlson, along with other people just like him. The only person that George cared for and viewed as his friend was Lennie. But, due to Lennie’s mental condition, he only served as a physical companion for George, despite how George always told him that they have each other, George was never able to connect with Lennie on any kind of level since Lennie had the mind of a child. George’s sense of loneliness was often showed through his solitaire games; he was so lonely he played a card game by himself.
Finally, at the end of the novel, George lost his only source of care and company when he had to shoot his only true friend. At that point, George lost something even more than just Lennie; he lost his purpose in life as well. This was George’s final onset, for he has now reached a new high of loneliness in life, which is an empty hole covered with crushed hope