Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

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Silvana Delgado Roberts Structure in Language and Literature II 04/05/2013 Of Mice and Men Essay The characters in Of Mice and Men have a feeling of loneliness and dissatisfaction throughout the book. Loneliness affects the life of Curley's wife, she has a desperate need to talk to anyone that is not her husband, and he's also the reason she is stuck at the ranch. Candy's loneliness comes from losing his pet that he has had for so many years, and he also fears that he will get fired. It also has an effect on Crooks, who does not spend time with people because he is judged and mistreated by the workers in the ranch. John Steinbeck creates the characters in Of Mice and Men with a theme of loneliness…show more content…
In the conversation that Crooks has with Lennie he mentions his thoughts about loneliness and what it can do to someone when they don't have anyone to communicate with. Crooks states, "A guy needs somebody--to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya," he cried, "I'll tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick" (Steinbeck 72). Crooks does not have anyone to talk to, this shows another side of him. While he talks about men in general feeling lonely, he really is talking about the way he feels. Crooks is mostly affected because he is shut down from activities and the workers in the ranch mistreat him because he is black. While talking to Candy he says, ". . . If you . . . guys would want a hand to work for nothing--just his keep, why I'd come an' lend hand. I ain't so crippled I can't work like a son-of-a-bitch if I want to' " (Steinbeck 76). Crooks feels left out and unwanted, when he hears about Lennie and George's dream, he desires to join to find a better life. A life where he wouldn't feel judged and isolated. Loneliness affects the thoughts and behaviors of Curley's wife, Candy, and Crooks. It also causes them to desire a better life outside the ranch. Curley's wife looks for attention in other people, Candy feels that he is uncared for, and Crooks is treated in a way that he does not deserve. The characters created by John Steinbeck have a feeling of loneliness in their lives to ----------- that each person is affected in different
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