Loneliness In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Loneliness is one of the worst things people can face in their lifetime. In the classic novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, loneliness is one of the main focuses. The characters in Of Mice and Men show that loneliness is a problem that must be overcome in order to live a happy, fulfilled life. Candy is isolated from the others due to his age. He says to George “I’d make a will an’ leave my share to you guys in case I kick off ,’cause I ain’t got no relatives or nothing”(Steinbeck 59). This shows just how lonely Candy is, because he says he has no family to leave his will to, so he would just leave it to George and Lennie. After Carlson shoots Candy’s dog, he tells George that “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought of let no stranger shoot my dog”(61). He says this because he felt lonely after losing his one companion in life. He took care of it, and believed he should have been the one to shoot it. Finally, he says to George while trying to convince him to let him come along on George and Lennie’s dream that…show more content…
He tells Lennie that “a guy sets alone out here at night, maybe readin’ books or thinkin’ or stuff like that”(73). He says this because he is isolated from the other men, not being able to talk to the men. He is clearly upset because nobody ever visits him due to his race. He also tells Lennie that “a guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody”(72). He is obviously lonely, and he says just how crazy it makes him. He is clearly jealous that Lennie has someone to keep him company. Lastly, before the men leave, after considering joining George, Lennie, and Candy, he then says that “I wouldn’t want to go no place like that”(83). He says this because he believes his life will never change, and he will stay lonely. He doesn’t think that the three men will not achieve their dream. Crooks is the loneliest character in Of Mice and Men because of his race. He is isolated from everyone
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