Of Mice And Men Loneliness Analysis

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“... I got you to look after me and you got me to look after you.” In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck this was the main characters George and Lennie’s quote. It reminded them of how they were different from others. They weren’t lonely because they had each othe. Many other migrant farmers traveled alone during the Great Depression and grew very lonely over time. The theme of loneliness is shown strongly through the three characters Candy, Curley’s wife, and Crooks. The old and crippled swamper Candy is a very lonely character in the novel. One of the reasons why he is lonely is because Carlson shot his old dog who was his best and only friend. “...I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup…” (44). Candy has been with this dog for many many years and has developed a strong bond with him. Losing him must have been devastating to Candy because that dog cared for him more than anyone else on the farm. Another thing that shows the extent of his loneliness is when he was willing to…show more content…
Crooks is treated very poorly and unfairly which causes him to feel unwanted and alone. “ S’pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy because you was black.” (72)’ He doesn’t have anyone to talk to or even be around at all because he isn’t allowed to stay in the bunkhouse. Whenever he did try to talk talk or do anything he could get wiped or severely punished for no good reason. He had no choice but to keep to himself. Also he isn’t viewed as a regular person. “If I say something, why it’s just a black saying it.” (70). Even if he were to say or do the exact same thing as a white man does it wouldn’t be a person doing it, it would be a black. He is excluded from everything just because of his skin color which he can’t even control. Nobody accepts him or gives him any form of respect. He feels very left out and worthless. As a result Crooks has become an extremely lonely

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