It begins with two men named George and Lennie who have moved to work on a new ranch. Unfortunately for them, Lennie has a mental disability which causes his brain to function as a child’s brain, this disability creates many conflicts throughout the novella. They met many characters that were divergent from the rest of the workers, such as Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Candy. Steinbeck used dialogue between characters to present his belief that loneliness and isolation are caused by both social barriers and personal choice. Candy is set apart from the rest of the workers due to his old age and his strong bond with his dog who eventually was killed.
Being the only woman on the ranch, Curley's wife is as lonely as some of the other men. Since she is the boss' son's wife she tries to use her power against the men. When the men go out to the whorehouse, but Lennie, Crooks, and Candy stay behind, she enters Crooks' room without invitation and says "They left all the weak ones here"(77). She also decides to pick on the weaker man (Crooks) and threaten his life by snapping "I can get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny"(80). This proves that Curley's wife is weak and she is upset that the men won't talk to her.
In today’s time period, Candy would be re-tired and drawing a deserved Workers’ Compensation check, but in the 1930’s this was not the case. Richard Moore writes, “Candy is an old man, reduced to cleaning the bunkhouse after los-ing his hand in an accident at work” (3). The ranch life is not meant for the elderly, especially the disabled elderly, but due to lack of social security at the time, Candy has no hope of seeing his retirement any time soon. Authors Umadevi and Saranya give prominence to the fact that, “Can-dy is a senior citizen with a physical handicap, and even though we get the sense that he has been at the ranch for some time, he has few ties or friends either, and tells Lennie and George later in the story that he has no family, no kids” (53). Steinbeck shows readers how poorly the elderly were treated before Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s social security program more formally known as the “New Deal”.
The two main characters in this story are George and Lennie, they travel together and yet both express their struggles and fears of being alone. Very early in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George shares with Lennie how he wishes he were alone. He is one of the few character who actually has someone to keep him from loneliness, yet he wishes to be alone. He has tolerated living and traveling with Lennie for so long that he wishes he could experience what it would be like to be alone. In the same way his partner Lennie threatens him that he will just go up into the mountains and find a cave and live without him.
In latin “Solitaire” (the card game the men play) means alone and isolated. Some of the characters in the book have been described as more isolated and lonely than the other character, with the ones in particular ; Crooks, Candy and Curley’s Wife. Crooks is lonely because he is black and has a crooked back which is physically isolating him, Candy is lonely because he is old and only has one hand, Curley’s Wife is lonely because she is the only woman on the ranch. All the people living on the ranch are lonely to some extent. This is proven when Steinbeck describes the bunkhouse where all the workers sleep.
He’s strong with his hands but kind with his heart. George, is also powerless too. He instructs Lennie on what to do and not to do. Although he perceives danger posed by Curley’s wife, George cannot be with Lennie every hour of the day therefore cannot truly protect Lennie from himself. Describing Lennie and George as being powerless helps the reader understand that being outcasts and being called weak describe what life is like for them on the farm.
We are alone in the world, but not everyone experiences loneliness .In John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, most of the characters confess that they have suffered from profound loneliness. This loneliness is different with each character. Curley’s wife is lonely because of her isolation. The old man Candy, is lonely because of his best friend, his dog has died and Crooks is lonely because of his race. All of these characters are described as sad and hopeless individuals.
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.
Discrimination of the mice and men In the book Of mice and men written by John Steinback some of the characters are mistreated by the other people because they are not the same they are the outcast of the group. Curley 's wife is a lonely woman on a ranch with a whole bunch of ranch hands and nobody wants to have anything to do with her she got married to man that she doesn 't even love she is just on the ranch with a lot of people and really nobody likes her and even after death nobody even felt bad for her. Candy said “ You God D*** Tramp”.You did it din you. Everybody knew you messed it up someway”. (Steinback 95) Since this is taking place in the 1930 and that Curley 's wife is a women she also
Patrick Maloney came home to bear the bad news not expecting her to beat him over the head with a frozen leg of lamb. A similar theme is described in the short story “Jury of her Peers.” The men investigating the murder head upstairs while ordering their wives to stay downstairs explaining that they cannot help them because they don’t have the skill nor the common sense to find needed evidence. What they don’t realize is that while the women stay downstairs, Mrs. Hale and Mrs Peters find enough evidence to piece together the entire untold side of the story. But to pay their husbands back, they keep it to themselves to protect Mrs. Wright because they have sympathy for the