Of Mice And Men Loneliness Analysis

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In the book, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck illustrates the loneliness felt by a lot of characters in this book, who experiences a lot of things while working in a ranch during the time of The Great Depression. Most of the characters, such as Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Candy suffer from their lack of attention. Despite the fact that they all work together in the same ranch, they are all extremely lonely and isolated due to how different they are compared to each other- Crooks having a different skin color, Curley’s wife being the only woman, and Candy, the old and crippled man who lost his best friend. By the other characters in the book, Curley’s wife is presented as “trouble” as she takes advantage of people, the reason to that is her loneliness. When Candy says, “Well --- she got the eye.” This shows the reader how provocative she is towards the men. She says, “I’ll tell you I ain’t used to livin’ like this. I coulda made somethin’ of myself.” Curley’s wife’s dream was to be famous,…show more content…
This book took place during 1930, when racial discrimination was a big thing. “They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I stink.” Because his skin color is different compared to the other guys in the ranch, Crooks “Kept his distance and demanded that other people kept theirs.” Having no friends in the ranch causes him to be more depressed. He explains that “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t matter no difference who the guy is as long as he’s with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.” Crooks doesn’t have anybody to talk to or comfort him. He doesn’t have someone to look over him or care, so when someone tries to, he doesn't know how to react and express himself. He doesn’t associate with other men because of the way they treat him. He decides that if he is being treated differently, he should treat other people differently

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