Consider the theme of loneliness in the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’. Suggested Essay Plan Introduction Explain that there are many characters in the novel who can be considered as lonely (mention them) Discuss BRIEFLY what makes them all lonely (age, race, sex, isolation) Paragraph 1 Discuss George and Lennie How can these two characters be considered as lonely? Describe what the friendship they have is like What do they do to combat their loneliness? Mention all itinerant workers and ranch men – they are all lonely and George and Lennie are exactly the same as them – except that they have each other for companionship. Paragraph 2 Discuss the character of Candy Explain briefly what his role is Why is he a lonely character? Why does his isolation increase after his dog is shot? How does he try to combat his loneliness? (Buys into a friendship with George and Lennie) Mention what his dream in life is? Paragraph 3 Discuss the character of Crooks Explain briefly what his role is Why is he a lonely character? How does his past contribute to loneliness? How does he live his life? (On his own, away from any companion) How does he combat his loneliness? Mention what his dream in life is Paragraph 4 Discuss the character of Curley’s wife Explain briefly what her role is Why is she a lonely character? Discuss her life on the ranch and why she is alienated by everyone What does her behaviour suggest about her? At the end of the novel, what does her loneliness cause? Paragraph 5 Discuss the incident in the barn. What brings Curley’s wife and Lennie together – why are they both there? Explain what happens in the barn How does this affect the relationship between George, Lennie and Candy? Paragraph 6 Summarise your findings Mention why the characters are lonely and what they all have in common.