Of Mice and Men Loneliness

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The Effects of Loneliness on the Discriminated
Discrimination is treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit (Discrimination). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L--cqAI3IUIDiscrimination affects people in different ways, but all results in isolation and loneliness. The theme of discrimination takes place in John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men. Race is one of the ideas in the novel that is involved with discrimination. Crooks, a black stable-hand, is segregated because of the pigment of his skin. Steinbeck depicts discrimination through Crooks’ isolation from other men, his desire for friendship, and his way of turning his vulnerability into a weapon.
First, Steinbeck demonstrates Crooks’ loneliness through his separation from the other men on the ranch. Initially, the other ranch hands discriminate Crooks because of his disability that sets him apart from them. Steinbeck describes Crooks’ living condition to be, “For being alone…Crooks could leave his things about, and being a stable buck and a cripple, he was more permanent than the other men” (67). Crooks’ deformed back deprive him of working with the other men, thus denying him an opportunity for personal contact with them. Next, Crooks becomes accustomed to seclusion and begins to be suspicious of any man who tries to make friends with him. Crooks cannot go in the bunkhouse of the white ranch hands; therefore, he turns Lennie away from his own place. His longing for company wins over and he then invites Lennie to accompany him (68). Misery loves company, and with Lennie, the only human that does not see the color of Crooks’ skin, Crooks begins to feel comfortable and describes the difficulties of discrimination on the ranch. Unlike Lennie, Crooks
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