In the book “Of Mice and Men,” author John Steinbeck tells the story of Lennie and George who struggles with a problem involving loneliness. Set in California during the Great Depression, the story introduces the main characters or protagonists Lennie and George, who faces obstacles including staying out of trouble and saving enough money to buy a farm and live on their own before resolving the problem. The characters don’t really change throughout the story, George’s devotion and commitment to Lennie stays the same. The author’s use of literary devices, specifically time, place, and morality to convey the theme loneliness is having no one who understands you, no one to talk to or listen to you. . The author employs that guys who work on ranches have no family and no place they belong to express the theme that loneliness is having no one who understands you, no one to talk to or listen to you. For example, the author writes, “Guy’s like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place.” (Steinbeck 13) This shows that people who work on ranches don’t have much. They don’t have a place to call home or a family to talk to when they’re feeling down. This signifies that ranch workers are lonely. In addition to using loneliness, the author also employs that not only Lennie and George are lonely but Curley’s wife is too to express the theme that loneliness is having no one who understands you, no one to talk to or listen to you. For example, the author writes, “I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.” (Steinbeck 87) This suggests that when you’re lonely there no one you can talk to about anything and you start to feel like you have no one which makes you lonely. This means that not only ranch workers can get lonely but anybody can. By using loneliness to illustrate the theme, the author also employs that loneliness can actually make you sick. to express the actual truth that loneliness is when you have no one who understands you, no one to talk to or listen to you. For instance, the author writes, “S’pose you didn’t have nobody. S’pose you couldn’t go in the bunk house and play rummy ’cause you was black. How’d you like that? S’pose you had to sit out here and read books. Sure you could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then you got to read books. Books ain’t no good. A guy needs somebody to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.” (Steinbeck 72) This shows that having someone no matter who it is, is better than not having no one to talk to or hear you out. Being lonely can literally make you sick and can drive a person crazy. This means someone needs to at least try and keep one person close to them. In the final analysis, the author of “Of Mice and Men” incorporates time, place, and morality to covey the theme that loneliness is having no one who understands you, no one to talk to or listen to you. The theme is important because it taught them that having someone close to you is better than not having anyone at all . Being lonely can make you sick and maybe even crazy. After reading “Of Mice and Men” and contemplating the theme, the reader can not help but wonder if Crook ever ends up finding a companion so he’s not lonely anymore.