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"Guys Like Us Who Work On Ranches Are The Loneliest Guys In The World." Discuss The Theme Of Isolation In John Steinbeck's "Of Mice And Men".

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The theme of loneliness is a dominant theme in the novel. John Steinbeck exhibits it through characterisation. Although present in all the characters to some degree, loneliness is most notably present in Candy, Crooks, and Curley's wife. They all fight against their isolation in whatever way they can.Candy is one of the characters who experiences loneliness. This is brought about after the death of his dog. Candy's dog was his only companion and stopped him from being alone in the world. After its death, Candy struggles against loneliness by sharing in George and Lennie's dream. However, this all comes to nothing when Lennie kills Curley's wife. Candy's disappointment is expressed in the bitter words he utters to Curley's wife dead body, whom he blames for spoiling his dream. As he says at this point in the novel: "You done it, di'n't you? I s'pose your glad. Ever'body knowed you'd mess things up. You wasn't no good. You ain't no good now, you lousy tart".Besides Candy, Crooks also suffer from isolation. Being black, he is not allowed in the bunkhouse with the other men; he has "his bunk in the harness room". Loneliness has made Crooks unfriendly and has formed bitterness towards everyone. When Lennie comes into his room, his first reaction was in fact one of hostility. In this part of the novel, Crooks's emotions are displayed where he tells Lennie about having no one to relate to and communicate with. "S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy 'cause you was black." Although he spends...

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