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Loneliness is an very important theme is Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men which characters are lonely and why?

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Shafakut Ali Loneliness is an very important theme is Steinbeck novel "Of Mice and Men" which characters are lonely and why? The novel "Of Mice and Men" was set in America during the great depression in the 1930s America suffered major crop failures because of the series of droughts. The "Wall Street Crash" also contributed to the problem. Many people moved from ranch to ranch looking for work and became itinerant workers. Loneliness is a theme that runs throughout the novel and the characters in the novel are lonely for a number of reasons. In the coarse of this essay I will look at the theme of loneliness of George, Lennie, Candy, Curley's wife and Crooks. The novels begins with the town's name "Soledad" which is Spanish for loneliness; immediately the author Steinbeck is setting the scene and has set location in a remote and isolated place which reflects the theme loneliness. The men of the ranch are all passing through, except Candy and Crooks who are forced to stay on the ranch because of their disabilities. The men are lonely because there is no female company on the ranch. They spend their spare time going to brothels and blow there hard earned money in exchange for the company of a women. ...read more.


Candy is lonely because he is old and is known on the ranch as a "swamper". Candy can't move from ranch to ranch because like Crooks he is disabled and is of no use to anyone else. To get through his old age he has a dog which is his friend and companion that he looked after since he was a pup. The other men, all loners and migrant workers, cannot understand the idea of the friendship and simply want the dog shot because it is no longer of use and is creating a stink in the bunkhouse. Carlson tells Candy that he needs to get rid of the dog; they do not sympathize with him, Candy's fondness for the dog as he pleads with him to drop the subject, "I am so used to him" and "he was the best damn sheepdog". Eventually Candy agrees to Carlson shooting the dog. After the dog is put down Candy regrets his decision and says "I ought to have shot that dog myself George" because by Candy shooting the dog he would of felt a lot better instead of some else shooting the dog a further motive that Candy wanted shoot the dog was that only he was the one who raises the dog since he was a pup. ...read more.


Crooks is a well educated man but also is a cripple and cannot depart the ranch. He only mixes with the other men on the ranch when they play horseshoe outside. Crooks is treated in an inferior and racist way and is often insulted by being called a "Nigger". He is excluded from the companionship that exists in the bunkhouse between the men. He explains to Lennie that "They play cards in there but I can't play because I'm Black." When he comes to speak to Slim about the mule's foot, he does not enter - "The stable buck put in his head" he is only allowed into the bunkhouse on Christmas night. "Crooks was a proud man, aloof man" because he has no choice but to tolerate his isolation. As a result he bitterly guards his enforced privacy. He tells Lennie that "This here is my room... I ain't wanted in the bunkhouse, and you ain't wanted in my room." Crooks later regrets taunting Lennie and says "A guy need somebody"- to be near him and "a guy get too lonely". Steinbeck uses Crooks' character to illustrate that loneliness can destroy a person. Throughout the novel " Of Mice and Men" Steinbeck has clearly illustrated the theme of loneliness. He has shown that all the characters were lonely for different reasons. They were all affected by the social and economic difficulties of the nineteen thirties. ...read more.

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