Are You Lonely?

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Of Mice and Men Essay Are you lonely? As human beings we loathe being alone and, when we do feel lonely and vulnerable we lash out at the people we relate to the most. In the novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck 2 partners are on a journey to accomplish a dream. This dream, closely accomplished, is quickly brought to an end as one character acts solely on his lack of judgment and commits murder. On Chapter four, The outcasts, Crooks, Candy and Curley’s wife, are brought together in Crooks room in which they begin to relate and argue about things that set them apart. The characters of Crooks, Candy, and Curley’s wife attempt to befriend one another until they lash out at each other to set aside their loneliness and fulfill some kind of inner satisfaction. The outcasts Crooks, Candy, and Curley's wife all proof to be lonely as the desperately attempt to reach to one another. In the beginning of chapter 4 the reader is introduced to Crooks, he attempts to befriend his workmates when they enter his room. As Crooks listens to Candy and Lennie's ideas of getting some land together he laughs. When he gets more comfortable and really listens to their idea he offers to "work for nothing...and lend a hand".(Steinbeck 76) By Crooks saying this, one can infer that he let his guard down. Instead mocking the idea he offers assistance. Candy, like Crooks, also tried to reach out, yet he does it by trying to defend Crooks. Crooks and Curley's wife get into a climactic altercation, and Candy, acting on his loneliness, angrily discloses that they aren't "afraid of getting canned...because they got their own land". (Steinbeck 79) This reflects his reaching out because he put himself on the line for a man he had just met. Before the altercation with Crooks, Curley's wife uses her appeal to reach out. In a desperate attempt to make small talk with the men, she states
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