Lennie was very isolated also from the ranch workers because he wasn't normal and acted very childish, this mustn't of been nice for Lennie and that is how the ranch is unpleasent for him. Carlson made Candy's life on the ranch very hard because he depised Candy's smelly old dog, in the book Carlson kills the dog because it was old and it stank but he never cared about how Candy felt about the dog he just cared about himself. Carlson killed the dog eventhough he knew how much Candy loved it, when Carlson suggested killing the dog “Candy looked for help from face to face” but nobody helped him. The reason why Candy couldn't stop Carlson from killing his dog was because he was a very brittle old man and was mainly over powered by people stronger than him. This event was very unpleasent for Candy.
Candy Character Analysis Candy is an old ranch worker ("swamper") who has lost one of his hands in a farm accident. Candy and his relationship with his ancient, reeking dog are important in the book as markers for exactly who you don’t want to be. Candy has spent the best years of his life working on someone else’s ranch, only to lose his hand and have little money. Given these circumstances, Candy’s dog parallels Candy’s plight. Though the pet was once a great sheepherder, it was put out to pasture once it stopped being productive.
Like Candy's dog, Lennie depends on George to take care of him and show him what to do. Candy, like George, is different from the other ranch hands because he has his dog as a constant companion, someone devoted and loyal to him. That at the time the novel is set, most men were alone as they didn’t have the company of another and so they were lonely and drawn into themselves. Candy takes such a shine to George
However, there are some old people who are still fit and capable of working. It is a sad thought as Candy is waiting to be put out of his misery, as he is old he believes there is nothing to look forward to, before the dream farm. Due to his damaged he is unable to do a lot of the jobs that the other ranch hands do making him instantly an outsider. Also because he thinks that he is old he puts himself in a state of mind which handicaps him far more than his missing hand ever will. His life echoes that of his dog, he was once "the best damn sheep-dog I ever seen" but now is next to useless, Candy's life has gone somewhat the same way.
Of Mice and Men is filled with characters such as this, which are unable to find a way out of their lonely lives. The loneliness in this story builds and builds and never is allowed to escape. By never allowing its escape, Steinbeck effectively forms a solid backing for the characters and events in his novel. Lennie's loneliness chiefly stems from the fact that he is both mentally undeveloped and very big and strong. His retardation sometimes causes others at the ranch to shun him; even to the point of thinking he is "cuckoo."
Explore Different Parts of ‘Of Mice and Men’ To Show the Development of the Theme Isolation In ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck, one key theme presented throughout the novel, is isolation. The novella is set during the Great Depression at a time of massive unemployment. The only work many men could find was on the ranches in California. The life of these migrant workers was very insecure and lonely as George says,’ Guys like us are the loneliest guys in the world.’ However, ironically the loneliest characters in the novella are lonely for other reasons. These characters are isolated due to the gender, age or colour, are isolated from society or others on the ranch.
Carlson and Whit are more minor characters in the novella. Carlson is unsentimental and aggressive, and he convinces Candy to let him shoot his dog. Whit is native and enthusiastic about lie – he likes simple pleasures and is easily amused. Carlson is insensitive; this is because he does not consider anyone’s feelings. He thinks that Candy’s dog should be shot because it is old and smelly, he persistently argues to shoot the dog, an example is when he says “Well, I can’t stand him in here” and “and he stinks to bear hell.
He is ignored by everyone on the ranch because he is black , this makes his character bitter and mean"Books ain't no good . A guy need somebody to be near him . "Crooks mainly keeps his distance between himself and the other men at the ranch to ensure he doesn't cause any problems . When Lennie approaches him in his bunk house his first reaction to him is fuelled by envy by his and Georges friendship .Crooks teases Lennie and makes out that George wont be coming back for him *quote*. He only does this to Lennie to show him what it like for him having nobody there and how he needs a companion , like Lennie and George ."
In the bunkhouse, there was also Carlson, which throughout the whole novel showed his lack of emotions and his coldness towards others, which is another characteristic some ranchman have – coldness towards others. When he spoke about Candy’s dog, he didn’t care about Candy or his feelings. He only saw in him “old and useless dog”. He doesn’t understand why Candy is so attached to him and why he is so upset when his dog died. When Carlson came back, after he shoot Candy’s dog, he “said
Name Miss Connell English 1 (H) Due Date Loneliness in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men suggests that loneliness and isolation drive different social outsiders together. George is the first character in the novel to suggest that the loneliness itinerant ranch hands naturally face leads them to seek companionship. When he and Lennie settle in for the night before going to the Tyler Ranch, he says to Lennie, “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They ain’t got nothing to look ahead to.