"Of Mice And Men" Why People Need Friendship.

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Of Mice and MenIn order to maintain sanity, people need other people, most importantly friends. Without friends, people would suffer from loneliness and solitude. Loneliness can make people depressed. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, the characters, Crooks, Candy, and Curley's wife all show some form of loneliness. Since they themselves do not have anyone, they will look towards George and Lennie's friendship to fill the void they have. Throughout the book, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck demonstrates that often times a person will try to cling to others, so that they may fill the void of loneliness and become sane again."A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" (pg 13). This is a prime example showing how Crooks, the black stable buck, is talking to Lennie, and tries to tell Lennie that he needs someone to talk to. Crooks experiences this isolation because the society in which he resides is racist, and as a result, Crooks tries to find the connection between Lennie and George that he doesn't have himself. The other workers on the farm will not socialize with Crooks unless they were playing horseshoes in the evening. Otherwise Crooks would occupy his time alone, reading books. Humans are social beings who need some kind of connection with others to function properly. Crooks is rejected from every group of people and cannot socially interact with others. Therefore Crooks starts to develop a belief that his loneliness is a defect in himself. He seems to avoid all the others on the ranch unless they play horseshoes. He is afraid of being alone, and yet he is antisocial. Although Crooks is discriminated upon Lennie forces Crooks to be friends with him. Crooks treats others the same way they treat him. Since the others lash out at Crooks he does the same back that's the reason it is hard for him to make friends. Crooks gets fascinated upon Lennie and George's friendship so he asks about it. Crooks said, "Well, s'pose, jus' s'pose he don't come back. What'll you do then?" (79) Since Crooks has never had any friends he asked what would happen if Lennie and George split up. He wants others to feel the way he does when he has nobody.Candy has worked on the ranch his whole life, he got into an accident that cost him his hand, leaving him money and loneliness. As a result of Candy's age and disability he has a feeling of uselessness. Because of that he thinks too little of himself, which is more of an injury than his physical handicap will ever be. He looks down on himself as an old worthless man wasting away his last few years. He is afraid of...

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