How Does Steinbeck Portray Loneliness In Omam?

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How does Steinbeck portray loneliness and isolation in the novel? In the novel, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck shows loneliness through racism, relationships and equality. Also, the author illustrates isolation through different characters. In my opinion, Crooks is the loneliest character because he is the only black man on the ranch and his room is separated away from everyone else. Also, Crooks is ordered around by everyone because in the 1930s, black people were not as important as white people so a lot of racist language was used against Crooks. Steinbeck goes into detail when describing Crooks' surroundings: 'he had his bunk in the harness room: a little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn'. The author tells the reader that Crooks' bunk was 'a long box filled with straw'. Steinbeck uses setting here to enforce Crooks' loneliness and isolation. This shows that Crooks' bunk is linked with the animals because his bunk is filled with straw, just like the animals. This is telling us that the men on the ranch think of crooks as sub-human, and they treat him like an animal and give him the same living conditions. Crooks again is linked to horses when the reader is told that there are 'a range of medicine bottles, both for himself and for the horses'. This sounds like they have all just been shoved together in one box and not caring for Crooks' at all. Steinbeck also suggests that Crooks is extremely lonely, when he quotes, 'Crooks could leave his things about'. Therefore, Crooks had no worries that someone will enter his room and mess things about because never experienced another man entering his personal quarters which is highlighted by the scattered personal items on the floor. On another point, Crooks is mean to Lennie to make himself feel better but I guess the reader could forgive him for it because of his awful state and lonely life he leads. His possessions
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