Of Mice and Men
Loneliness and isolation
Loneliness and isolation is a big issue in this book and I am here to talk about it. Many characters have been affected by a person or a group and became independent or very lonely. These characters want others to care for them and talk to them or even befriend them and make them feel more at ease. The people that I want to focus on and go deeper into explaining their thoughts and actions are: Curley's wife, Crooks, Lennie, George, Candy and his dog.
From the start to the end, Curley's wife acts really flirtatious. It `seems like she can't keep away from guys', especially the new men: Lennie and George. George does not know that Curley's wife feels alone, because Curley is the only person she can talk to. `I'm lookin' for Curley' said his wife, Curley's wife isn't actually looking curley, she just wants attention and to be wanted by other men. You `can't blame a person for lookin' because she has no one else to talk to.
Curley likes having a new and beautiful wife, but he does not treat her like a normal human being. He keeps on commanding her to do stuff as if he `owns' her. One time, Curley thought that slim was with his wife, `Where's the hell's Slim' said Curley. George then said `Thinks Slim's with his wife, don't he?' Everytime, Curley goes on around like that trying to find his wife. Slim finally said `Well, you been asking me too often. I'm getting' God damn sick of it. If you can't look after your own God damn wife, what you expect me to do about it? You lay offa me.' Sometimes he asks the men in the bunk house and they respond the same each time… `She ain't been here', `She said-she was lookin' for you.' (The truth is… she wants attention from other men.). In the 1930s, women weren't treated as equally as men were in America. Women had to fight for their freedom and liberty against sexism.
Now, Curley's wife loses her affection. She `don't like curley, he ain't a nice guy' and there aren't many people she can get along with, how desperate is that? If it was today then she could have used Facebook and a lot of other social networking sites to overcome her loneliness. There were no other women on the ranch either. Desperately to overcome her isolation, she keeps talking to other men and making them fancy her so that she can be at ease and have someone to talk to.
In the end, she finds someone pleasant and kind and suitable for her to talk to…Lennie. Well, Lennie doesn't understand what she is saying, but he is listening attentively. He is the only person who sat down and had a nice, quiet, and deep conversation with her. Curley's wife feels very good to have a companion to talk to. She tells him about her private life, that she `coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes' and how the person who raised her hopes...