Everyone is lonely. No matter how many friends you have, or how many people are there to support you, you are lonely. In Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck we are introduced to a few characters who are lonely and isolate themselves. Those characters are Crooks, Curley’s wife and Candy. Crooks is a lonely guy.
Loss can relate to many things, a friend, a pet,or a family member, or really anything that can be take away from you. Candy a swamper at the ranch, he’s an old man with one hand. The reason he works there is because the other people at the ranch felt bad because he only has one hand, he cleans up and organizes stuff. Candy had a dog and he was his best friend, the dog was starting to get pretty old and it was hard for the dog do anything. Late at night all of the workers got together and discussed candy’s dog, Slim was saying the dog was way too old,saying it smelt bad and it was useless.
William Blake once quoted, “The bird the nest, the spider a web, man friendship.” William Blake compares the friendship of a man to an animal in its natural habitat. He makes an Understanding of how deep a companionship should be between two people who are comfortable expressing themselves in any way. In the same sense as any animal in their own natural habitat, a man should have a friend or someone to always go to or be with so they with never end up alone. In the novel of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Isolation is a big issue for Crooks, Candy and Curley’s Wife as they are considered outcasts to society, useless and unwanted.
Desmond Tutu, a South - African social activist and retired Anglican priest once said “ Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness”. Of Mice and Men is a novel which revolves around the lives of struggling farmers and how they still maintain hope despite their hardships. The symbolic representation of light embodies the hopes and the American Dream, whereas the dark epitomizes the harsh realities and truths of their lives. Steinbeck uses light and dark to foreshadow the upcoming events in the forlorn lives of the migrant workers. He also combines aspects such as the setting and characters with light and dark to paint a vivid picture in the reader’s mind as to how the world of the migrant workers looks like.
Of Mice and Men was published in 1937 during a time of bi-racism between the caucasians and the african americans, and the apathetic Great Depression, which may have served as inspiration. In the novel two opposites attract, a gargantuan but mentally challenged man by the name of Lennie, and a small, nimble, and intelligent man named George. Suffering from a mental illness Lennie gets into trouble when he 's alone, but George always saves him, George knows Lennie doesn 't do anything, “out of meanness” as he says. Undoubtedly the reader assimilates that Lennie kills a young lady, said to have done so accidentally. Furthermore without any control George was forced to kill Lennie.
People Affected by Loneliness Loneliness can make anyone affected by it very depressing and sad to see. It is seen in Of Mice and Men in many characters that are prominent in the story. The main ones are Crooks (the black stable hand), Candy (the old worker with his old dog), and Curley’s wife (who is ignored so that they do not get into trouble). Each of these characters have had lasting events that led them here.
Reflection Journal #3 Loneliness is a common issue experienced in the ranch. Curley's wife undergoes loneliness, because she is the only female in the ranch. Crooks seems to be the only colored worker at the ranch, isolating him away from all the other workers. Candy seems to have a companion (his dog) till one day realizes that maybe letting his dog die in peace would be best rather than him suffer any day more. Therefore George and lennie's companionship leaves their coworkers astonished.
Poverty destroyed the nation during the late 1930’s in what would later be known as the Great Depression. This Great Depression was a period of time after the stock market crash that left society broke. It caused many to starve, more to die, and outright loneliness to spread. Loneliness was one of the major effects of the Great Depression. This loneliness is portrayed throughout John Steinbeck 's novel, Of Mice and Men.
In Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men the main theme is Loneliness and Isolation. Steinbeck really creates an image in your head of the life of the migrated ranch men. He hides the fact the characters are isolated in the language he uses. The town that the ranch is close to is called “Soledad” which means loneliness in spanish. In latin “Solitaire” (the card game the men play) means alone and isolated.