Loneliness in the Novel ‘Of Mice and Men’.
In the Novel ‘Of Mice and men’ loneliness is a key theme throughout the novel. Almost all the characters suffer from loneliness and affects many of them. The people who are lonely have their dreams to help them through.
The first character in the novel that I notice that is lonely is Curley’s Wife. We notice her when she first comes into the bunkhouse looking for Curely. She was all done up, ‘red fingernails’ and her ‘full, rouged lips’, ‘heavily made up eyes’ and ‘red mules on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers’. This gave the audience the idea that she has nothing to do on this ranch or in the case she does not help out because everything was perfect and her red fingernails were not dirty and ruined. She is the only female on the ranch so is immediately isolated. Steinbeck makes her seem more disliked and distant by never giving her a name. She always claims to be looking for Curley by walking into the bunkhouse asking for him. “I’m looking for Curley.” In fact as we see further on in the novel we start to see that she is not at all looking for him, instead she is looking for company and somebody to talk to other than Curley. This is a sign of loneliness. Her dream is to be a movie star. She always hints right the way through the novel that she wants to be famous. ‘She made a small grand gesture with her arm and hand to show that she could act’. Before she went to the ranch her hopes were raised by a man who claimed he would take her to Hollywood but when she didn’t receive a letter she married Curley, a man she doesn’t love and who doesn’t love her and stuck on a ranch. She tries to befriend the men by hanging around the bunkhouse.
Candy is another main character that is lonely. He comes become when his dog gets shot. Candy’s dog was his company and his friend. “I had him since he was a pup.” Candy grew a relationship with his dog and a great deal of him kept him company when no...