Poverty Comes In All Types & Exists In All Forms: "Of Men And Mice" by John Steinbeck.

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Poverty comes in all types and exists in all forms. It is poverty when you don't have enough to eat and we see it every time we pass a homeless person in the city. Poverty surrounds us; it is in the very air we breathe. However, when we talk about poverty, one doesn't usually think in terms of emotional needs. Mother Teresa once said, "The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved." Loneliness is a prime example of poverty [obviously]. It is described as a feeling of bleakness and desolation. John Steinbeck's story, Of Men And Mice, is a perfect story about loneliness and abandonment. This is a story about two men who have found a job at this one ranch. George is a small man who has been asked to look after Lennie. Even though he whines a lot, we know that he appreciates the bond he has with Lennie.

Lennie is a big guy, can't understand anything except the most basic of emotions - one of them being loneliness. Because of Lennie's innocence and simply being able to understand loneliness, he is the one that ends up talking to two of the loneliest characters [ironically]. Though he cannot understand what they are saying, he understands that they are lonely. These two characters are Crooks and Curley's wife. Crooks has been segregated from the group of ranch workers just because his skin color is different. He may be the smartest man on the ranch yet he cannot share it with anyone. His abilities have gone to waste and slowly, the loneliness and feeling of abandonment is eating him alive. Curley's wife doesn't have a specific name and that is because she is not thought of as a person but rather a possession of...