Loneliness In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Loneliness In Of Mice and Men Have you ever experienced loneliness that causes the rest of your life to fall apart? There are so many people that are feeling lonely and feeling like they have nobody to be around or talk to about their lives. Loneliness like this can cause people to have anxiety and do things they normally would not do. The reader is able to see through the characters in the novel Of Mice and Men that being alone can cause people to make decisions that will ultimately hurt themselves in the end. By reading this novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, it can be seen that characters Crooks, Curley’s wife and Candy experience loneliness and because of these feelings they have negative outcomes in their lives. First, Candy was a lonely character in the novel Of Mice and Men. The only person Candy has is his old dog. “I been around him so much I never know how he stinks” (Steinbeck 44). This quote shows that no one else in the novel is around Candy’s dog as much as Candy is, Candy is around…show more content…
Crooks has to live alone because of his skin color and because of this, he is lonely. “CROOKS, THE NEGRO stable buck, had his bunk in the harness room; a little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn” (Steinbeck 66). Crooks is black and because of that he has his own room alone. Secondly, Crooks can only do a certain amount of things, when he does these things he does them alone because he does not live with anyone. “S’pose you had to sit out here an’ read books. Sure you could play horse shoes 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” (Steinbeck 72). Since Crooks is black, he has to do things on his own, he can only read and play horseshoes on his own and he has no one else to be around. Finally, based on what Crooks says the reader can conclude that Crooks experiences loneliness in this
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