Of Mice and Men - How Steinbeck use the word "hand" in the novel.

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Of Mice and Men

In Steinbeck's novel, "Of Mice and Men", there are a verity of themes. Such as loneliness, dreams and the goals set to accomplish them, friendship and loyalty are seen throughout the novel. Loneliness is part of human nature. Everyone gets lonely at one point in his or her lives. The American Dream is what George and Lennie have. Dreams of one day owning their own little place. The friendship George and Lennie have is like no other in the story. They both need each other in order to have something to look for in the future. The brilliant use of the word "hand" and its synonym is laid before us in this story.

The author creates many ideas and scenes of loneliness in his story. At the begging of the story, he describes the woods, "On the valley side the water is lined with trees-willows fresh leafs junctures the debris of the winter flooding," and "For a moment the place was lifeless".

(Page 1) Everything was quite in the woods, with the exception of nature and it's inhabitants. He illustrates the life on a ranch. Usually ranches are far away from big cities, which makes it lonely already. The loneliness of the way these men live in the ranch is described to use by the author, "Over each bunk there was nailed an apple box with the openings forward so that it made two shelves for the person al belongings of the occupant of the bunk. Here it is shown how the people that lived there did not have much materialistic object to show for themselves. Solitaire, the game that George plays is a game for lonely person. George is put into many situations in the story, but in some situations he is playing the game...