Of Mice And Men Loneliness Analysis

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Famous philosopher, theologian, physician, organist, and medical missionary Albert Schweitzer once said, “We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness. One of the main themes of the book Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck is loneliness. In my essay I will describe how the characters, Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Candy are all impacted by loneliness. “A guy gets too lonely and he gets sick.” (p73). This is just one of the many ways that Crooks explains loneliness in the book Of Mice and Men. Crooks is a very lonely man because he is black. Therefore, he is excluded from the rest of the workers. Crooks feels that there is no one there for him to talk to or to just be with him as a companion. Crooks dreams of the days when he was younger and had a family and friends. Now he is just a lonely migrant worker during the Great Depression that no one will talk to or play cards with. Lennie once asked Crooks, “Why ain’t you wanted?” Crooks said “Cuz I’m black they don’t let me play cards in there.” (p69). That should tell you everything you need to know about why Crooks feels alone in the world.…show more content…
.“The shot sounded in the distance…” (p49). But when the other men convince him that it would be better for the dog to be put down than for it to live, Candy agrees to let Carlson shoot the dog. Later Candy says, “I oughta shot that dog myself…” (p61). He had just lost his only companion and hadn’t even killed the dog himself. This just emphasizes even more how lonely Candy is. “Slim offers Candy a pup and Candy is silent” (p48). After losing his beloved pet a new dog just isn’t enough to make him happy or to muffle the loneliness he feels. As a migrant worker during the great depression he has no other companion than his dog who had just been

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