Loneliness In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The feeling of loneliness affects people and how they live their life. Often, someone can become overwhelmed by being lonely for too long. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Candy is desperate for a chance at a good future, and Curley’s wife feels secluded from opportunities for her dream, but they all feel hopeless at the end. Candy is alone since he doesn’t have anyone to talk to at the ranch. “I won’t have no place to go, an’ I can’t get no more jobs.” (Steinbeck, 60). Candy feels oppressed when he is burdened with his loss of companionship because he is tired of being lonely all the time. Candy also feels gloomy since he has to live life without a companion and not feel true happiness with a friend. “They all sat still, all bemused by the beauty of the thing, each mind was popped into the future when this lovely thing should come about.” (Steinbeck, 60). Candy feels desperate as he tries really hard to make his dream come true, since he was really lonely for so long, and just wants a friend to be with. He is…show more content…
“I get lonely. 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?” (Steinbeck, 87). Curley’s wife feels detached from the rest of the world, for she is only allowed to talk to her husband and cannot have any friends. She is isolated from the other people on the ranch and does not feel happiness even when she is talking to Curley. “I tell you I ain’t used to livin’ like this. I coulda made something of myself.” (Steinbeck, 88). Curley’s wife is barren inside, as never experienced companionship with true friends, because of the position and time period she is in. She feels agony as she lives lonesome all day and every day, and without friends to help her with problems/stress. As the effects of loneliness hit her, along with many opportunities that were too destroyed by the loss of
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