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'Crooks is the loneliest person on the ranch, explore'

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?Crooks is the loneliest person on the ranch. Explore?. Loneliness is one of the primary themes in Of Mice and Men. Throughout the novel, John Steinbeck shows the enormous effect that loneliness has on the characters. Steinbeck most clearly illustrates this theme through Crooks, Candy, Lennie and Curley's wife. Steinbeck also shows how important it is for every person to have a companion. Crooks doesn?t have anyone, that is the reason for his loneliness. In this essay I will be analysing all the other characters in the novel who are in a similar position to Crooks. At the end I will give my own opinion on whether I agree or disagree with the statement; I will also be justifying my answer. Crooks is a lonely character; he has been working on the ranch for a long time and he is also injured due to a horse kicking him on his back, hence his name ?Crooks?. Crooks keeps himself occupied with books. ?He reads a lot. Got books in his room?. (Page 41). One book he owns is called ?California Civil Code? for 1905. In my opinion I think he had this book as a reminder that he does have rights, even though he is black. However, these rights don?t really ?exist? on the ranch for him. Crooks is bitter because of how he's belittled and separated from all the others due to racial differences. ...read more.


He delayed killing the dog, even though he knew deep down that it was the best thing, as he dreaded losing his long-time companion. ?No, I couldn?t do that. I had ?im too long?. (Page 71). This shows that Candy has nothing else, he doesn?t want to let the dog go as then he knows he will have no one to fall back onto. He cannot work with the other men and now he has lost his one friend in the world. ?He rolled slowly over and faced the wall and lay silent. (Page 76). Candy is lonely even more now, especially because he let an angry stranger shoot the dog instead of doing it himself, lovingly. The person who shot candy?s dog done it without any remorse, nevertheless Candy deep inside knows he should have shot the dog himself. ?I ought to of shot that dog myself, George I shouldn?t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog?. (Page 89). Thinking this, Candy feels even more upset and solitary. Candy knows that there's nothing for him at the farm much longer, with his dog killed. When George and Lennie offer to let him in on the dream, he eagerly clutches at the idea. He jumped at the dream the first chance he could and held on because he wanted to have somewhere to go, as he knew soon he would be canned. ...read more.


Since Lennie cannot think as quickly as the other men, he is often set aside and isolated from them. He is unable to take an active part in conversations because George, Lennie's best friend and travelling companion, is the only one who can understand him. ?He ain?t no cuckoo? said George?. (Page 65). Moreover Lennie is an itinerant worker; this means he is caught in the trap of loneliness. Being an itinerant worker, you never stay in one place long enough to form permanent relationships. However even though Lennie doesn?t have relationships with the other workers, he does with George as they travel around together. Although, this does add to his loneliness. Lennie is frequently off in his own dream world and is constantly preoccupied with dreams of the farm which he and George someday hope to buy. As a result, Lennie is unable to face reality at times, a fact which puts him even more out of touch with the real world and with other workers. ?No place for rabbits now, but I could easy build a few hutches and you could feed alfalfa to the rabbits?. (Page 84). This shows Lennie and George?s dream, and for Lennie this dream is all about ?tendin? the rabbits?. This indicates that Lennie does live in a different world; sometimes what he dreams about isn?t realistic. This constant rejection by others increases the depth of Lennie's loneliness and adds to the theme of loneliness running through the novel. ...read more.

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