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Of mice and men Loneliness

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Christopher Hannam Loneliness. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the characters, Crooks, Candy, and Curly's wife all have some form of loneliness. They are driven towards the curiosity of George and Lennie's friendship because they do not have that support in their life. Through his novel, Steinbeck demonstrates that often times, a victim of isolation will have a never-ending search to fulfil a friendship. "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" Crooks is a black man that experiences isolation because the society in which he lives in is racist. Like Lennie, Crooks has a 'relationship' with loneliness. He knows that when people get lonely, they tend to get sick. This can be determined based on his emotional behaviour. At the rate Crooks is headed, he will probably die in a short period of time. Crooks is rejected from every group of people and cannot socially interact with others. "Loneliness can result from rejection..." Although discrimination is still present during the 1930's, Crooks still attempts to make friends. Others treat Crooks unjust because he is different from others given that he is black. He does not know how to treat others because of the way others treat him; with disrespect. ...read more.


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. Farm machinery took away his hand, leaving him money and loneliness. 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 his 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." (pg66) 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. ...read more.


Curley's, insecure feelings towards his wife, forces her into flirting with the other ranchers. Curley's wife also dressed rather "slutty" and fairly bare. Many people do not want to talk to her because of her reputation for being a flirt and bothering others. "Maybe you better go along to your own house now. We don't want no trouble." (pg85) Curley's wife notices how simple-minded Lennie is and takes advantage of that situation. She knows that he would be the only one where she could discuss her problems that she deals with everyday. 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. 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 one psychological disorder, loneliness. ...read more.

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