How Does Steinbeck Use Companionship In Of Mice And Men

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Companionship Loneliness, an inevitable, concrete, forcing, emotion that everyone feels and can never seem to get away from. This is true for most of the characters in John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men. they all crave something, a presence, a friend, better known as companionship, but can seldom get. Throughout the book, characters experience a lot of loneliness, with either losing someone, never having someone, or never being able to find someone. John Steinbeck uses the epidemic of loneliness, as a widespread disease that most of the characters suffer from, and he uses companionship as the antidote; a cure that is a grueling task to find, yet has always been in arms reach. Isolation effects all sorts of people but a huge difference is gender, and because of this reason, Curley's Wife, the only girl on the ranch, is isolated. Because of this isolation she has become lonely from always being by herself and having no friends, so she uses her body and…show more content…
But what further, and mainly differs him from the men is that he lost his best friend and long time companion; his dog. Losing his long time friend meant also losing part of himself as he tells George "I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog." (61) this quote tells that he is feeling regret for not shooting his dog himself, and that he wishes he could have done it himself. Candy cared a lot for his dog, despite being non-human, because companionship comes in all shapes and forms. He loved his dog and that's the important thing, but candy will never recover from being alone, because the loneliness has already moved in, and the cure is long
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