Of Mice And Men Loneliness Analysis

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One concept of life’s unavoidable feelings is loneliness. Even if it is for a short period of time, everyone feels lonely at some point. Depending on the situation, this feeling can lead to very drastic repercussions. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author suggests that loneliness may result in undesirable consequences. This theme is shown frequently throughout the characters of Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s Wife. For many various reasons, these characters struggled with battling their loneliness and it changed their lives significantly. One consequence of loneliness is making quick decisions based on the feeling of helplessness. When Carlson proposed that he could “put the old [dog] out of his misery (…) and get it over with,” (Steinbeck 49) Candy tried to protest his suggestion as long as possible. With all of the pressure from Carlson, he agreed to let him shoot his dog. It…show more content…
According to all of the men on the farm, Curley’s wife was always trying to create conflict. They all thought that she was “searching” for Curley, when in her perspective she was just searching for someone to talk to. She wasn’t trying to appear desperate; she just needed someone else to talk to besides her husband. As soon as George had his first encounter with her, he knew that she would cause trouble and made sure to warn Lennie to “keep away from her, ‘cause she’s a rat trap” (32). If Curley’s Wife were not so desperate for attention, she wouldn’t have put herself in danger. When she saw Lennie in the barn alone, she saw it as an opportunity to tell him about herself. She did not refrain from talking to him because “[she didn’t] know why [she couldn’t] talk to [him].” She didn’t think that she was “doin’ [any] harm to [him]” (88). Curley’s wife let her state of loneliness control her life and couldn’t escape from it and that lead her to having bad experiences with the men on the

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