Loneliness In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Loneliness makes Curley’s wife want inappropriate attention from everyone else on the ranch. She’s always talking to the men on the Ranch because she has no one else to talk to. Whenever she tries to talk to someone, people think she’s trying to flirt with them, which gave her the nickname “tart”. Here, she was talking to Crooks, Candy, and Lennie in Crooks’ room. “Well I ain’t giving you no trouble. Think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever’ once in a while? Think I like to stick in that house alla time?” (pg 77). Curley’s wife is the only woman on the Ranch. She has no one else to talk to and her husband told her to not talk to anyone else which makes her lonely. She just wants someone to talk to. Since she wants attention, she flirts with all the men on the Ranch. This…show more content…
Since he is black, he is excluded from all the activities the men on the ranch enjoy. He also lives in a barn by himself. Because he’s not welcomed by the men on the ranch, Crooks doesn’t welcome anyone else either. "You got no right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me." (pg 68). Here, Lennie is trying to come into Crooks’ room. Crooks knows his rights as a black man and he enforces them. Crooks knows his rights because he doesn’t want to get on the wrong side of the law and he doesn’t want people to think he’s ignorant. Lennie then asks Crooks why he’s not wanted in the bunkhouse. “‘Cause I’m black. They play cards in there but I can't play because I'm black. They say I stink. Well I tell you, all of you stink to me." (pg 86). This quote shows how much loneliness Crooks feels. Since the guys on the ranch don’t welcome him in, he does the same to them. He has so much hatred and anger inside him that makes him behave aggressively to the guys. Crooks doesn’t only feel excluded, but he feels alone. He sleeps by himself, no one talks to him, and the guys laugh at
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