Of Mice And Men Curley's Wife Analysis

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Sometimes the person who tries to keep everyone happy is the loneliest person. In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men George and Lennie, two migrant workers find jobs with others on a ranch to earn money to get their own farm. All the men on the farm are lonely in all different ways. Curly acts tough because he is always looking to start trouble with the other men so they stay clear of him. George resents having to take care of Lennie and worries they will have to leave places and friends behind. Not having the same mental ability as the other men holds Lennie back from establishing friendships. Slim commands respect because he is intelligent but has no one on his level to talk to. Candy, an old ranch hand feels his smelly dog is his best friend. Curley’s wife looks for others to tell her story about her past. Crooks pretends to not care about the others with his bitterness. The author depicts Candy’s weakness and age, Curley’s wife seeking attention and Crooks’ isolation on a ranch near Soledad as a lonely existence. Candy is an old man who works on the farm feeling useless. He is not…show more content…
“Guys don’t come into a colored man’s room very much” (Steinbeck 75). Not many men go into Crooks’ room to visit him because of the color of his skin. The other ranch hands play horseshoes and cards but they usually do not include Crooks. They never involve him in their after hour’s activities. In spite of his strong exterior and book smarts Crooks just wants to belong. Crooks is suspicious of anyone who comes by because he lives by himself. He hopes he can live on the farm with George and Lennie someday because they do not care about his skin color. “Well, you keep your place then, nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t funny.” Curley’s wife destroyed Crooks’ dream with mean comments and also degrades him by the color of his skin and the notion that blacks were inferior to
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