Loneliness is a state of sadness caused by a lack of friends or company, it is the quality of being remote and isolated from people whether it was by choice or not. In John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie are hired at a ranch for a new job. They meet Curley, the boss’ son, who does not like Lennie and always wants to start problems with him. They also meet other interesting people such as Candy, Crooks, and Curley 's wife. They open up and offer their thoughts and feelings to George and Lennie that they have never spoke about before to anyone, which accidently causes Curley’s wife to be killed by Lennie resulting in Lennie being shot by George.
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.
“Got no teeth he’s all stiff, he ain’t no good for you Candy” Before winning the fight and quickly says to the dog “come, on, boy.” This tells us by Carlson saying “Got no teeth he’s all stiff” tells us that Carlson thinks that if something is old and can’t take care of it’s self it should be killed. How Candy is fighting back tells us that he knows that if the dog goes, he’ll go next because he's also becoming old and this presents on how society treats people badly because of their age. In Crooks’s little shed Curly’s wife gets mad at him for telling her to leave. “Crooks seemed to grow smaller and he pressed himself against the wall. “Yes ma’am” “Well, you keep your place when nigger.
Furthermore, Polyphemus is pictured happily alone without any neighbors, which represents that the Cyclopes did not socialize with each other. Monsters, and in this case they Cyclopes, are uncivilized because civilized beings were social with friends, family, and neighbors. Opposingly, Cyclopes lived alone and preferred it that way. Polyphemus is pictured staring at the men with his tongue out as if the men are tasty, foreshadowing that he is going to eat them later on. Furthermore, the Cyclops is much larger than the ship that Odysseus is sailing in, giving the viewer an idea of how large the Cyclopes really
Slim gets his authority on the ranch through respect, which is seen in many events throughout the novella. After Carlson, another worker, states that Candy, the swamper, should not keep his dog alive, Slim agrees and offers Candy one of his pups, "Candy looks helplessly at him, for Slim 's opinions were law" (Steinbeck 45). Upon Slim expressing his opinion, Candy reluctantly lets Carlson shoot his dog. Candy capitulating demonstrates the power of Slim holds in everything that he says. Candy did not have to listen to Slim because he was not in the field and could have easily rejected the plea that Carlson made.
Caused by the prosperity during the 1920s, and flourished by the stock market crash in 1929, the lives of many were ruined (Shindo 538). Harper Lee shows the effects of the Great Depression in her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel introduces the social status of the townspeople in a fictional town called Maycomb, in Alabama, whos lives had been flustered by the Great Depression. Rigid social divisions throughout Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird exhibits the social hierarchy during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The story takes place during the peak of the Great Depression from 1933-1935.
Lennie 's death is like candy’s dog 's death. First of all Candy’s dog has almost been just like Lennie except Lennie 's not a dog. Right before Candy’s dog is taken to pasture the guys are having a discussion about how they will kill him, and Carlson goes and says “I got my Luger”(45) and then they use the luger to shoot the dog in the back of the head. After Lennie kills curley 's wife, he runs away to a certain bush where George told him to go if all goes wrong. When Lennie panicked, he grabbed Carlson 's pistol he ran away, George found him there with the pistol, and took it away from him.
“‘They left all the weak ones here,’” she says upon her entry to the barn, where Candy, an old man with a stump for an arm, Lennie, a big man with a heart to match, but a brain the opposite of his figure; and Crooks, the African American stable buck, who happens to be crippled, are talking. Comparatively, these three are the weaker ones on the ranch, and Curley’s wife takes advantage of it, knowing that they either will not do anything about it, can not do anything about it, or does not know how to do anything about it. She knows that they won’t like it and will, predictably, react to the derogatory statement. But when one of the “weak ones” starts to gain confidence and defend themselves, she turn on them in scorn, “‘Listen nigger,” [Curley’s wife] said. ‘You know what I can do to you if you open your trap?’ Crooks stared hopelessly at her, and then he sat down on his bunk and drew into himself,” scared of what she might do to him.
Candy’s physical disability limits him to making only thirty dollars on the farm. At an early point in life, Candy’s dog was a champion sheep herder, but he became old and no use to anyone. Candy’s dog was shot by Carlson, another worker on the farm, because the dog had lived beyond its value. When George and Lennie were going on about their dream house, Candy stated “They’ll call me purty soon. Jus’ as soon as I can’t swamp out no bunkhouses they’ll put me on the county” (Steinbeck 60).
Lennie got scared and lost control grabbing Curley’s hand when he swung and wouldn’t let go crushing the bones in Curley’ hand “Looks to me like every bone in his hand is a bust”. Later in the story Lennie is in a barn inspecting a dead puppy he used to take care of. The story doesn’t give much detail of what happened but Lennie apparently “bounced” the puppy too hard killing it. He starts to yell at the puppy things like “Why do you got to get killed?” “You ain’t so little as mice. I didn’t bounce you hard.”.