Loneliness In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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It controls us. It’s with all of us. It’s impossible to escape. Even regular people, living ordinary lives, can escape its grip, and it will plague us all until death. No one person can ever be safe from it. It is loneliness. Loneliness is a common trait shared by many of the characters in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, in which laborers move from ranch to ranch, all the while utterly alone. In this novel, there are many characters who represent the different results of loneliness and how they affect us, but there is also a common idea that loneliness destroys us, hollowing us out until there’s nothing left. The route one generally follows through the course of loneliness starts with depression, then isolation, and finally aggression or…show more content…
Candy was with that dog for over a decade, and he has been Candy's wall, protecting him from the oncoming tidal wave of loneliness. When Carlson took away that dog, Candy was washed away in minutes. After "a shot sounded," Candy "continued to stare at the ceiling" until eventually "he rolled slowly over and faced the wall and lay silent." (Steinbeck 49) It can be inferred from this that he's contemplating his loss, and that the loneliness has begun. Candy avoided the ever so prominent loneliness among agricultural laborers for as long as he could, but now he has facing the blunt reality of depression caused by it. Additionally, Candy’s loneliness is exhibited while George and Lennie are talking about the rabbits, and he chimes in “S’pose I went in with you guys. Tha’s three hunderd an’ fifty bucks I’d put in.” (59) Poor, poor Candy. After he lost his dog, he realized his own mortality, and now he’s come to see that he wants to die with friends. He’s willing to give up his life savings to people he met no more than a week ago just so that he can fulfill that dream. A major red flag for depression is giving things up rashly. With little to no thought, Candy gave away his everything, making his depression
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