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.
“I’m so used to him,” he said softly.” Candy was nervous that they might be right, it might be the right thing to do but he was afraid it might be the biggest regret in his life because he would be lonely because of the absence of friendship. Candy gave up after he knew he had no hope of keeping his friend (the dog) “awright- take ‘im” he laid back on his bunk and crossed his arms behind his head and stared at the ceiling.” Candy tried his best to avert looking at his poor dog because he can avoid crying or him getting sad or that he might change his mind even though he does not have a choice. However, Sometimes candy regrets agreeing for them to kill his dog, “I ought to shot that dog myself, George.
According to San Jose State University, the bunkhouse of the white migrant workers serves, “as symbol of elite masculinity,” unlike the barn Crooks is forced to live in, which, “demonstrates [Crooks’s] society’s view of African Americans as subhuman.” Others on the farm view Crooks as a useless, bitter stable buck, who has no one as he is excluded from everything because of the color of his skin. Crooks, “Sits alone out [in the barn] at night, maybe readin’ books or thinkin’ or stuff” (69). The anguish felt by Crooks devours him, because he knows he will never have what he truly desires, which is the company of another. Crooks is considered by most to be the most lonesome character on the ranch, according to Novels for Students, as he lives in a state of, “Distrust [which] is the quality of the modern world in which people live in alienation from one another.”
They choose to hide from their judgement and stay in the darkness between heaven and hell. They disguise themselves from the eyes shining down on them, waiting for them to show themselves. The men feel scared of the answer they might be given when they go to judgement and find where they will spend eternity. The hollow men that Eliot writes about are hollow because they might have not done much in their life to be fit for heaven or hell. They are stuck in this purgatory because they are not enough for either fate.
The racial discrimination is harsh and is part of the microcosm Steinbeck uses to describe in his story. Crooks reads lots of books because he has no companions. Crooks has the same problem as candy because of his disability and race he has no hope of moving on and getting a better
Crawling backwards made him look like a Doodlebug, […] because nobody expects much from someone called Doodle.” Society’s attentiveness is predominantly towards the aspects of and in this story Doodle’s impairment seemed to have negative impacts on him that the society has caused. His brother saw him as a burden in many ways. Doodle must be treated gently as he was forbidden from certain activities and conditions, at the same time he was embarrassed to have a crippled brother at the age
He is rejected the throne and his schooling. His relationship with his mother is gone and his father isn’t there to guide him anymore. Hamlet feels as if he has no purpose. He says the only thing keeping him from killing himself is the stain of sin. He is afraid to not believe in heaven or hell.
In the novel, ¨Of Mice and Men,¨ the author, John Steinbeck, develops complex characters which opens the story up for interpretation. Steinbeck uses both direct and indirect characterization, which forces the reader to infer important traits about each characters. An example of a character is Crooks, a colored man working on a ranch during the Great Depression. Being the only black man on the ranch, Crooks is often looked down on as a stable bunk, and is not respected as the other men are. Because of this, Crooks is perceived as powerless.
Optimism in the face of sorrow Oscar Wilde once said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” In Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck, the characters and their dreams are optimistic. Despite the book's somber plot, and the many oppressive setbacks they face, the characters remain intent on reaching their dreams. John Steinbeck gives a sense of hope for the characters by creating humble and attainable dreams. Since the plot of the novel only takes place in four days, the story exposes the past and present but keeps the future concealed.
In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author uses the motif of barriers to show that causes that lead into the failure of these character hopes and dreams. The ability to own your own land is the main dream held by four of the characters in the book. The idea of owning your own land is a simile for a life of happiness. There are two other unattainable dreams which are held by Curley's wife, and Crooks. Curley's wife once had an offer to become an actress in Hollywood, however the person never bequeathed the job to her.
Prompt #1 In chapter 5 of Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck describes the barn as a sheltered environment, however, the horseshoes and many other factors serve as a constant reminders to Lennie of the real world. While Lennie is trying to hide from the outside world by finding tranquility in the “lazy and warm” barn, “the clang of horseshoes” (84) bring him back to reality. The barn has a safe and inviting atmosphere which appeals to Lennie, however the intermittent sounds of the horseshoes detract from the security which the barn provides. The barn walls are also ineffective at shielding Lennie from the afternoon sun which “sliced in through the creeks of the barn walls.”