Of Mice And Men Loneliness Analysis

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“Of Mice and Men” written by John Steinbeck takes place in 1929, around the time of the Great Depression when the dollar became worthless. Many people traveled in search of jobs around this time period, since they were very hard to find. Not many people stayed in one area for a long period in time, which was a cause of loneliness because no one had time to build friendships and relationships with one another. Around this time sexism and racism caused many to feel lonely and isolated from others. Of Mice and Men gives many examples of isolation, rejection, and loneliness. One strong example of loneliness in “Of Mice and Men” is Crooks. Crooks is a black stable hand with a crooked back from being kicked by a horse. Crooks experiences isolation because in this time period society is racist against blacks. Crooks doesn’t have anyone to open up to, because no one listens to him. He tries to disguise his loneliness with anger and other emotions. But he opens up to Lennie, because he is a good listener. Crooks quotes , “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you. I…show more content…
She is forced to stay in the house by her controlling husband Curley. Curley is insecure about his relationship with his wife, which causes him to be controlling, jealous, and mean. Curley’s wife uses flirting with the workers on the ranch as one way to help with her loneliness. She sees that Lennie is simple minded and so she feels that he is the only one she can talk about her problems with. She feels that no one else listens. Curley’s wife tells Lennie “You can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad. How’d you like not to talk to anybody? (pg. 87)”. Curley’s wife is so desperate for a friendship that she would talk to anyone that will listen about her problems. She wants someone to understand that all she wants is someone to talk to because she’s lonely and
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