In the novel, Of Mice and Men, Candy, Lennie, Crooks, and Curly's wife are all seen as four social outcasts as they each relate to a specific group in American Society. After reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and looking at these characters you can see that they are all social outcasts in someway.
In Of Mice and Men the character Candy is an old ranch worker. Candy has been working on otheres farms for years, while working on one of these farms he lost one of his hands in a farm accident. Candy was seen as a outcast to the other rach hands just like Lennie, Crooks and Curly's wife. The reasons they are seen as outcast is different and is what seperated them into different groups in American Society that they can relate to.
Candy is old and missing a hand this is what exclueds him from the otheres because he is seen as being outworn in his ability to function as a worker on the farm. Because of this it is hard for him to interact with society like the younger non-handicap ranchhands are able to. Candy's handicap is what causes him to be an outcast in the story. Candy is lonley because of his outcast statis even more so afther the loss of his dog that he has had for a long time. Because he is old, missing a hand and cant work much any more he thinks that when he cant work any more that he will be just trowen aside and not needed by any one.
[Candy] said miserably, "You seen what they done to my dog tonight? They says he wasn't no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me. But they won't do nothing like that. I won't have no place to go, an' I can't get no more jobs." (3.222)
In Of Mice and Men the character Lennie is big and has a diminished mental capacity. Lennie is showed as an outcast for the beginning of te story. He is an outcast for a few different reasons one is his size, Lennie is bigger then the other ranchhands this makes him different and exclueds him from the others.
Two is his mental disability, because of this he is seen as stupid and unable to do anything. With out George around to take care of him he will always get into trouble. Because of his mental disability he does things that further put him out of the “normal” group of ranch hands. Lennie has a good friend in George but he is portrayed as being lonley in the book anyway. He just wants to be like every one else on the ranch.
Lennie said, "I thought you was mad at me, George."
"No," said George. "No, Lennie, I ain't mad. I never been mad, and I ain' now. That's a thing I want ya to know." (6.87-88)
Lennie's only friend is George so Lennie does his best to not make him mad and get locked out by George.
In Of Mice and Men the character Crooks is a stable hand who works with the ranch horses. He is also the only black man on the ranch because of this he lives...