Of Mice and Men Loneliness Essay

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Kylie Volak Enrichment English 8 Mrs. Pancost October 17, 2013 The theme of loneliness is evident in John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice And Men. He portrays this theme through the characters Candy, Curley’s Wife, and Crooks. They are all lonely for different reasons. And as they are different people from different worlds, their perspectives of the meaning of life greatly differ. Steinbeck uses Candy to show the theme of loneliness. He initially becomes lonely once his dog is shot and killed. The dog was his closest companion. Candy told George, "You seen what they done to my dog tonight? They says he wasn't no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me..."(60) Candy's relationship with his dog was much like George's relationship with Lennie. Candy cared for his dog and other people did not appreciate it. Another character in Steinbeck’s book that shows this particular theme is Curley’s wife. She is the only female on the ranch, so this immediately draws a line in between her and the men of the ranch. Curley’s wife stated, "...Standin' here talkin' to a bunch of bindle stiffs—a nigger an' a dum-dum and a lousy ol' sheep—an' likin' it because they ain't nobody else." (78) Curley’s wife doesn’t really have anyone to talk to. She is happy with talking to just Lennie, Candy and Crooks because it is virtually all she has. Crooks is the only negro on the ranch. He had to sleep in his own, separate home from the other ranch workers. Crooks said, "...The white kids come to play at our place, an’ sometimes I went to play with them,...There wasn’t another colored family for miles around. And now there ain’t a colored man on this ranch an’ there’s jus’ one family in Soledad." (70) Crooks is separated from most of the city, not just his ranch. Crooks is probably one of the most isolated characters in this novel. Each

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