The Loneliness Of Mice and Men

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Humans are not meant to be lonely, we are social creatures that feed off others. We need contact, we need social interaction and most of all we need friendship. In the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck, Candy, Crooks and Curley’s wife all suffer from discriminations and injustices which result in loneliness and isolation. They learnt to cope with their loneliness, and are able to do this through their pre-occupation with Lenny and George’s friendship, which in a sense, seemed envious. When you first meet candy in the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck, you see Candy with his beloved dog. Raising this dog from a pup, Candy felt a very strong bond with his companion, even though the dog could not speak, sometimes words don’t need to be said to show an un-dividing love. Candy was very proud of his dog, boasting things such as
“You wouldn’t think it to look at him now, but he was the best damn sheep dog I ever seen.” (Page 47) But, Carlson insisted on putting the dog out of its misery as he was very old, could not eat solids, could not see and it was obvious that it hurt him to move and eventually Candy gave in. Candy didn’t want to let go of his companion because his dog kept him company and without it he would be lonely, and this was an obvious fear of his, which Candy showed by his reluctance to give his dog to Carlson. The reason for Carlson’s eagerness to get rid of the dog was because he didn’t share the special bond between Curly and his dog. This was not all Candy had to think about, he knew that without his dog, his life would be empty .Knowing that due to his physical disability, it would not be long until Candy’s services would not be needed anymore
“I got hurt four years ago,” ... “They’ll can me purty soon. Jus’ as soon as I can’t swamp out no bunk-houses they’ll put me on the county.” (Page 63 ) After hearing about Lennie and George’s
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