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All the characters in 'of mice and men' are Lonely, loneliness is the theme of the novel.

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OF MICE AND MEN All the characters in 'of mice and men' are Lonely, loneliness is the theme of the novel. By Gurdeep Sian In the novel 'of mice and men' many of the characters are lonely. They have no one that really cares for them. This could be because that individual is coloured, female or that the person doesn't fit in with anyone. One of the characters that are lonely in this novel is Characters such as crooks who are lonely because he's black (coloured). Crooks spend the vast majority of his time in the barn. The only way he can socialise with the other men is when they're all playing 'horse shoes'. Other times, he's not allowed in the bunk house. For example Lennie, candy and Crooks were talking in the barn house and Curley's wife came in and they all wanted her to go. Crooks stood his ground to her as they were all arguing. He said 'You got no rights comin' in a coloured mans room. ...read more.


He also has the tendency to forget things that he has been told, and is quite often called 'a crazy bastard' by George. For example, 'So you forgot awready, did you? I gotta tell you again, do I? Jesus Christ, you're a crazy bastard.' Like Crooks, And Curley's wife, Lennie can't go out with the other men, such as when the whole group went into town Lennie had to stay behind with Crooks. He can not do this because he can't be trusted with meeting strangers, such as like what happened in Weed when he supposedly raped that little girl. What really happened was that he just wanted to feel the girls dress because he likes to feel soft and furry materials, and he panicked and the only thing he could do was to hold on until George had to sock him. Lennie also is Lonely because he does not have the choice to do what he wants, George has to give him instructions and tell him what's right and what's wrong. ...read more.


Candy has only his dog and has always been devoted to it. When he was told to shoot the dog he looked at it for a while and replied. 'No,' he said softly. 'No, I couldn't do that. I had I'm too long.' Not only does Candy require his dog for companionship but the dog needs Candy for basic survival, the dog obeys Candy. E.g. 'Come on boy. Come on, boy,'he said gently. The old dog slowly and stiffly to his feet and followed the gently pulling leash. Even though the dog has been physically damaged, Candy still wants to stay with it and keep it. 'I'll put the old devil out of his misery right now and get it over with. Ain't nothing left for him. Can't eat, can't see, can't even walk without hurtin'.' Candy even didn't except another little pup from slim because he loved that dog so much. So despite the dog being physically damaged and not being able to do anything, Candy needs the dog because it's the only thing he has got and he loves it and has really gotten use to it. He was left feeling lonely after it was shot. ...read more.

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