Loneliness In Of Mice And Men By Steinbeck

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Loneliness in Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck

John Steinbeck wrote “of Mice and Men” in the 1930s. It is set in
California and shows us life for migrant workers at this time. The
book describes how lonely life can be. In the book there are different
kinds of loneliness. The different types described are Isolation which
means that you are kept separate from others because you have an
illness just like being in quarantine. Solitude is another type of
loneliness which means a state of being away from everyone else.
Abandonment is a type of loneliness where everyone has left you
behind. Then characters that are lonely in the novel “Of Mice and Men”
are Candy, Crooks and Curley’s wife. Candy is lonely because he is old
and Carlson shot his dog. Crooks is Isolated because he is not allowed
to talk to anyone because he is black. Curley’s wife is lonely because
Curley wouldn’t let her go anywhere and he makes her stay at home all
the time. George and Lennie are not lonely because they’ve both got
each other. They can talk to each other unlike Candy, Curley’s wife,
and Crooks. George doesn’t won’t to leave Lennie because he doesn’t
want become lonely. We know this because at the beginning of the novel
Lennie says “If you don’ want me I can go off in the hills an’ find a

George says “No-look! I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie. “Cause I won’t you
to stay with me.” George also says “guys like us, that work on
ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world.” After that he says
“with us it ain’t like that. We’ve got a future. We got somebody to
talk to that gives a damn about us.” This tells us that George and
Lennie need each other and they don’t want to be lonely.

Candy is an old man with only one hand. His job is to sweep and clean
the place because he can’t do any big labour work with one hand. He
had an old dog at the beginning on the novel .He had this dog for a
long time. We know this because in chapter 3 Candy says “I had him so
long. Had him since he was a pup”. The dog he has gets shot by Carlson
because Carlson didn’t like it. He says “I don’t like know nothing
that stinks so bad as an old dog.” When the dog is getting shot John
Steinbeck makes the reader feel sorry for Candy because Candy has had
that dog for a long time as a companion and Candy is being pressurised
by everyone to let Carlson kill it. Candy hopelessly says
“Awright-take ‘im.” So Candy is lonely because he is old and he is
also lonely because Carlson shot his dog. He tries to escape the
loneliness with George and Lennie by being part of George and Lennie’s
dream. George and Lennie agree to this because in chapter 3 Candy says
“I’d make a will an’ leave my share to you guys incase I kick off.”
However this dream ends because Lennie ends up killing Curley’s Wife.
Candy still thinks it could be possible for George and...

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