Loneliness In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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-Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck- Loneliness and the need for Friendship Loneliness is an unenviable fact of life that not even the strongest can avoid. Everyone becomes lonely once in a while. It is a basic part of life. The novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, illustrates the loneliness of life on a ranch during the Great Depression in the early 1930s. It also demonstrates how people are driven to try and find friendship. The characters experience isolation, as a result of discrimination and prejudice. John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men, demonstrates this isolation through discrimination of Crooks race and Lennie’s intellectual disability.…show more content…
He suffers from injustice such as prejudice. He is a black man and is rejected from every group of people and cannot socially interact with others. “ My ol’ man didn’t like that. I never till long later why he didn’t like that. I know now”. ( page 70. Crooks) There is also a lot of segregation showed throughout this novel. Crooks is segregated from everything in the world. He has his own small room attached to the side of the stable where he was isolated from the rest of the workers. “ Well, I got a right to have a light. You go on and get outta my room. I aint wanted in the bunk house, and you aint wanted in my room”. (page 68. Crooks) He is also not able to participate in daily events such as card games with the other boys. “Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I stink. Well, I tell you, you all of you stink to me”. ( page 68. Crooks) People tend to pick on him because he was crippled and had no say. He is so desperate for company and for someone to talk, even though he does not really show it. "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" (page 105. Crooks) In a way, everyone needs someone to talk to, whether it is a friend, family member, or even a pet.Crooks does not have any of these sources. Crooks has never been treated well by any of his co-workers and this has affected him greatly. He has become bitter and has obtained a hatedrade toward everyone due to the way he is treated because of his race. In addition, Crooks also does not know how to relate to anymore because of how his loneliness has effected him. Crooks has been lonely for so long that he expects people not to talk to him. When Lennie comes in and does not have any intention, he let's his guard down knowing he wont hurt him. It may seem that he doesn't desire friendships or affection, but he no longer
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