With reference to the characters in the novel of mice and men discuss how Steinbeck explores the themes of isolation and loneliness. Essay

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In reference to the of mice and men characters Steinbeck shows a lot of examples of loneliness by referring to a lot of the characters as being lonely. “S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy 'cause you was black. How'd you like that? S'pose you had to sit out here an' read books. Sure you could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then you got to read books. Books ain't no good. A guy needs somebody-to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick" Crooks the black stable buck said this quote. In my opinion I would say that crooks would be one of the loneliest characters in the novel. Crooks has to go through life on the ranch without any real friends and no one to talk to. Crooks spends his time reading books but this is not enough as he would like someone to talk to. None of the men in the ranch talk to crooks, as he is black. Another example of a character being lonely would be Curley’s wife. She is an example as she is the only woman on the ranch and tries to make friends by flirting with the other men. Ina quote she says "Well I ain’t told this to nobody before. Maybe I ought’n to. I don’t like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella. Coulda been in the movies, an’ had nice clothes all them nice clothes they wear." When she says this it shows a different side to her, as she never talks to anyone about this. She is naive and believes that she should be in the movies. Another thing that she said in that quote is that she dose not like Curley. When George and Lennie meet her for the first time George tells Lennie to stay away from her because he believes that she is bad news and Lennie should not get involved with her. When Steinbeck describes her in the book he describes her in a

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