Throughout the book Of Mice and Men, loneliness impacts the characters Candy, Crooks, and Curly’s wife. In Of Mice and Men, a character who endures loneliness is Candy. Throughout the book, Candy is suffering from old age. Around the farm, all he can do is sweep because he lost his right hand in a ranch accident. Candy’s physical disability limits him to making only thirty dollars on the farm.
Loneliness In the novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, there are two men George Milton and Lennie Small who share the same dream of owning their own ranch someday. This novel was written during the Great Depression where many people would go out and find work. Represented by the characters George and Lennie the two men show the hardship of finding work. George and Lennie were two lucky men who had the companionship many others did not. Other men like Carlson, Crooks, Candy, and Slim would go out on their own and would often be very lonely as they didn’t have any family with them.
William used to work on the ranch with Slim and all of the other workers. Despite hearing that his old co-worker’s letter is in a magazine, Carlson refuses to be a part of the conversation because of how bad Candy’s dog smells. Candy’s dog smells very bad and is getting old and worn down, so Carlson starts talking about how he can shoot the dog to end its and everybody else’s suffering. Candy has a strong connection to his dog that Carlson doesn’t care about. After the conversation about shooting Candy’s dog, Steinbeck says, “Candy looked a long time at Slim to try to find some reversal.
I had ‘im too long.”…“Candy looked at Slim to try to find some reversal (to killing the dog). And Slim gave him none.” Candy tried to fight against them killing his own dog and did everything but had no one back him up. Even Slim, who is portrayed as a nice caring person to look up to in the book, doesn’t help him. To not have anyone to back you up when defending your stuff clearly shows that he’s alone. Without Georges and Lennie’s friendship no one would realize this but because George and Lennie defend each other Candy’s isolation is shown.
Of mice and men is a novel written by John Steinbeck, the novel follows a group of individuals during this time period of depression, and their daily adversities and interactions with others. Of Mice and Men is a novel, about closeness to others, but generally the story articulates that those outside of social norms suffer from isolation and loneliness.
Invisible rules and barriers of society have always affected the way people look or think about one another. Society has invisible rules on what or who is acceptable and what is not. In the story Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, there are characters who isolate themselves from the rest due to social barriers. Of Mice and Men is about two best friends, George and Lennie going to work at a ranch to make enough money to buy a farm. The story follows mainly those two characters, but also adds the interaction with them and other characters to show how lonely each character was during that time.
The one thing that is different with Crooks is that everyone know that he is lonely. Everyone knows that he is forced to live alone because of his race and everyone knows that he can’t do anything about being alone. Crooks lives all by himself because he is a black man on a white man’s farm in the middle the Great Depression. Though it may not be fair, it was just normal for that time period. This does not mean that he doesn 't struggle with loneliness because his situation is normal, he most definitely does.
One’s self has experienced loneliness from choice or forced into isolation. The novel ¨Of Mice and Men¨ written by John Steinbeck, took place during the Great Depression, near Soledad, California. The protagonist, George and the antagonist, Lennie are mid aged, white men who are working on a ranch with other mid aged, white men. Along with ones who aren’t as focused at the time, such as Crooks, the negro or black, Curley’s wife, the woman and, Candy, the old and weak man were treated differently from all the white, strong males in the novel due to the setting the novel. This making distance in relationships in Of Mice and Men, isolating these characters into loneliness.
Steinbeck used characterization often to display his theme of loneliness and prejudice, especially through Crooks, Curley’s wife, and George. The author wrote this book in attempts to bring awareness to readers of what it was really like to live and work in such a pivotal time filled with negativity and
During the course of the novel, Steinbeck provides indications of isolation and loneliness, as notable among being one of the novel’s motifs. These traits are portrayed in the novel’s setting, characters and their thoughts. Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men” is centred around two workers, Lennie and George, and their friendship. George is a small, witty man while Lennie is a larger man with a “shapeless” face and is mentally slow. They begin working at a farm in the town of Soledad, meaning 'lonely ' in Spanish.