How Is Loneliness Presented In Of Mice And Men

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In the third chapter of the novel, Candy the old swamper is the centre of attention. He doesn’t have any friends, so has a dog for company, which unfortunately, later in the novel, Carlson bullies him into letting him shoot it. ‘God almighty that dog stinks, get him out of here… He aint doing you any good, or itself’. Out of desperation, Candy turns to George and Lennie. He becomes intrigued by their dreams of owning a ranch and tries to get himself included. ‘Spose I went in with you guys, I could cook and tend the chickens…’. Candy is so desperate for a friend he tells George and Lennie that if he can share their dream, he will leave everything to them in his will, in case he dies before hand because he has no other family to share it with. ‘I’d make a will and leave my share to you guys in case I kick off, cause I ain’t got no relatives or nothing’. The comparison between George and Lennies relationship to anyone else on the ranch makes it obvious that you can achieve more when you’re not on your own.…show more content…
Curley’s Wife highlights this when, out of loneliness and desperation she makes an effort to look good around the ranch at all times. She is incongruous on the ranch, but still insists on dressing like a movie star to attract attention, in hope for somebody to stop by and give her the time of day. When Lennie stops to talk to her she spills her heart out, unaware of what he is capable of. She tells him that she wants a friend, someone to share good and bad times with. ‘ Think I don’t like to talk to somebody every once in a while? Think I like to stick to that house all time?’ unfortunately, Lennie doesn’t understand Curley’s Wife and why she needs a company because he has never been in her situation and doesn’t know what it is like to be alone, there for when Curley’s wife thinks she finally has someone to talk to, she is still on her
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