Of Mice and Men Essay

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The Impact of Loneliness in Of Mice and Men “It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is true of men as of dogs.” – David Scoffer. Loneliness is something people of any age, size, nationality, location and etc. can go through. In the novella, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck demonstrates the negative impact of loneliness through Crooks, Curley’s Wife, and George and Lennie. Steinbeck demonstrates the negative impact of loneliness through a character called ‘Crooks’. “S’pose you didn’t have nobody. S’pose you couldn’t enter the bunk house cause you was black…S’pose you had to sit out and read books…a guy needs somebody to be near him…a guy goes nuts if he has nobody…” (72). Crook’s cannot live on without being around somebody, he needs someone with him, yet he cannot. Crooks told Lennie that Lennie can always hang around George and George can never leave even if he wants to. In addition, because he’s a jealous and lonely person who knows that he’ll never be like that. He’ll never be equal so he takes it out on others such as Lennie. “The white kids came to play at our place sometimes…some of them was pretty nice…my ole’ man didn’t like that. But know I know why…” (70). Looking at this example, he used to be equal just like the other kids, everything seemed fine to him…eventually though Crooks figures out why his father’s fondness of the white boys played negatively, now he knows. This foreshadows the fact that he had such a controversial childhood that even now at this age he goes back searching the memories. It shows how being lonely has impacted him so negatively in such an emotionally unstable way. In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck shows the negative impact of loneliness through characters by the names of ‘George’ and ‘Lennie’. “I want you to stay with me, Lennie…No, you stay with me. Your Aunt Clara wouldn’t like you running off by yourself even if

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