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Loneliness is an important theme in 'Of Mice and Men'. Discuss this statement with reference to at least three characters in the novel In 'Of Mice and Men', there are three lonely characters. Candy, Crooks and Curleys wife.

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Loneliness is an important theme in 'Of Mice and Men'. Discuss this statement with reference to at least three characters in the novel In 'Of Mice and Men', there are three lonely characters. Candy, Crooks and Curleys wife. The novel is set in the 1930's, and shows you what living conditions certain people were under. Candy is an old man, who has been working on the ranch, for years. He's got his hand cut, by accident, and since then, he has always been at risk of getting fired. He's a very lonely character, because of his age, and because he doesn't spend time with the other workers, due to his accident. He has had a dog, since it was a puppy. And it seems that his dog, is the only loyal friend he has got. But since Carlson, has shot his dog, he has been feeling lonelier than ever. There is a lot of age discrimination. And everyone sees him as an old man, waiting to die. ...read more.

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This is because his only communication is with the Boss, and his son Curley. As their conversations, are only about work, they don't have a friendship with each other. But he still keeps his pride, for example, when Lennie comes to his room; he says, "You got no right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me." He says that, even though he really wants to talk to somebody. But he assumes, that Lennie has the same attitude, as other white people. That's why he says; he doesn't want him in his room. But as he finds out, that Lennie's 'mind' is like a kids, so he doesn't share the same opinions about black people as white's, he doesn't mind him in his room. Crooks starts telling/asking Lennie what he would do if George didn't come back, that indicates, that he is explaining how it is for him, how he hasn't got anyone to confront. Then Lennie and Candy start telling Crooks about their dream. ...read more.

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But just let two of the guys get together an' you won't talk. Jus' nothing but mad." Because of the time and place (1930's, Soledad), Curley's wife, as a woman, don't have as many rights as men, and living on a ranch with male workers, doesn't make it any easier. In the novel, Steinbeck, has written Curleys's wife's character, so we wouldn't have any sympathy for her. This might suggest that, he wants, to show/tell us, that men didn't give any sympathy to women either. Lennie likes Curley's wife a lot, because of her looks. So Curley's wife takes advantage of that, by trying to build up a 'friendship' with him. Also to show him, that what the other male workers are saying isn't true. That she can be sensitive, and that she isn't trying to cause trouble to anyone. For example when she lets Lennie touch her hair, "Course I brush it a lot. That makes it fine. Here - feel right here." She also tells Lennie about her dream, her dream to become an actress. She confines in him, because she thinks that he's the only one who wants to listen to her. He's a listener. Deyar Yasin ...read more.

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