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In the novel, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the characters, Crooks, Candy, and Curly's wife all exhibit some form of loneliness.

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"OF MICE AND MEN IS A NOVEL ABOUT LONELINESS" In the novel, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the characters, Crooks, Candy, and Curly's wife all exhibit some form of loneliness. They are driven towards the curiosity of George and Lennie's friendship because they do not have that companionship in their life. Through his novel, Steinbeck demonstrates that sometimes, a victim of separation will have an endless search to fulfil a friendship. In Of Mice and Men, the characters of Crooks, Candy and Curley's wife suffer loneliness stemmed from some form of rejection. They are desperate to find an escape from their loneliness or some easy way to cope with their seclusion from the rest of the society. Crooks is a black man that experiences isolation because the society in which he lives in is racist. "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick". This quote was Crook's way of finding a personal connection to Lennie. Like Lennie, Crooks has experienced loneliness. He knows that when people get lonely, they tend to get sick. Most of the men have a lot of prejudice against Crooks, referring to him with derogatory terms such as 'nigger'. ...read more.

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Candy, an old, physically disabled swamper, has worked on the ranch practically his whole life. When Candy was on the ranch, he got into an accident that cost him a physical handicap. As a result of Candy's age and disability he has a feeling of uselessness. Since Candy feels that he is old, he places himself in a state of mind that handicaps him more than his missing hand ever will. He looks down on himself as an old worthless man wasting away his last few years. He is often afraid of losing his work, not to mention is whole life. "I got hurt four years ago. They'll can me purty soon. Jus' as soon as I can't swamp out no bunk houses they'll put me on the county." Candy is so down that he puts himself into a state of solitude. He is often allowed to go out with the other guys, but he always refuses due to his negative aspect towards himself. Candy thinks that nobody wants to be friends with him because of his disability. Eventually, he tries to find a friendship by attempting to join the dream of George and Lennie, to own and run their own little ranch. This is one of Candy's desperate attempts to find a place in society and meaning in life. ...read more.

Conclusion

One problem that Curley's wife was unaware of, was Lennie's curiosity and interest in soft objects. When Curley's wife was done explaining her problems to somebody that could care less about them, she asked him to stroke her hair. But when she began to yell at Lennie, he just pulled her hair tighter. This leads to the death of Curly's wife and now she will not have to worry about being lonely ever again. She finally seeks out someone who doesn't know any better than to talk to her. Once she found that person, Lennie, her loneliness is soothed permanently. This could be thought of as a misfortune, but as a positive aspect as well because it ended her suffering. Curly's wife's case of loneliness was the most severe throughout the novel. She struggled in her society to find somebody that she could consult with. She tried and would do anything imaginable to dispatch her loneliness. Loneliness is defined as solitary, seclusion and isolated. Throughout the story, Of Mice and Men, the reader discovers the many sources of solitude, isolation and seclusion mainly being discrimination and prejudice. Crooks, Candy and Curley's wife all suffer the previous injustices resulting in loneliness and isolation. They learn to cope with their loneliness through their interest in Lennie and George's friendship. In some ways they are even envious of the bond. Which proves, a victim of isolation will have a never-ending strive to fulfil a friendship. ...read more.

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