Thirdly, Candy struggles through being lonely and isolated after Carlson shot his dog and because Candy does not work with the others since he is a swamper. Lastly Crooks goes through this theme because he has to stay in a room next to the barn and is isolated from the others because he is black. Steinbeck uses different factors to portray the loneliness and isolation within characters such as physical or mental, which then deliver various messages to readers. Curley’s wife struggles through loneliness and isolation because she is the only woman on the ranch. Curley’s wife is
When Curley's wife tries to talk to Lennie he refuses to speak to her, and she says “‘Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely’”(Steinbeck 86). Everybody on the ranch sees Curley’s wife as “jail bait” or bad news because she is a woman. Curley is overly protective of his wife, which causes his wife to be lonely because no one will talk to her because she is “bad news”.
In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, nearly every character is discriminated against and it's had a lasting effect on their lives. Whether it's from being a woman, old or disabled it's made the characters dependent on others and overall lonely. Lennie, Candy and Curley’s wife all experience inequity from people who want to use them for personal gain or to make themselves feel better. Another person discriminated against is Curley's wife, who doesn't even have the honor of being named. With her controlling husband and being the only woman on the farm, Curley’s wife is constantly ignored or dismissed,“ Well you keep away from her, ‘cause she's a rat trap if I ever seen one.
Women could not go to work and make money, in the south they stayed at home and did work inside the house and cooked. “Mayella looked as if she tried to keep clean…” (Doc A; Chapter 18) All women had expectations to live by. Men in the 1930’s went to work everyday trying to make money so their family could survive.When Mayella's mom died Mayella had to take the role of being a mom because she was the oldest girl. That was hard for the Ewell’s because she was only 19 years old and she did not know everything about parenting. Then on the other side her dad raped her then he accused Tom Robinson of the rape.
The narrator consistently shows a lack of empathy towards his wife, Robert, and society as a whole. When his wife begins to tell him about the passing of Robert’s wife, all the man can think about is how much of a “pitiful life this woman must have led” since her husband was never going to be able to see her with his eyes (213). His wife then attempts to get her husband to sympathize with Robert since he just lost his wife, Buelah. As soon as he heard Buelah’s name, he asked “Was his wife a Negro?” (212). The narrator shows no empathy for Robert’s devastating loss; instead he chooses to focus on physical factors of Robert’s marriage to Buelah.
Peters did not want to be the only woman among men in the gloomy home where a tragedy occurred. As they drive up to the farm, which had “always been a lonesome-looking place” that was “down in a hollow,” Mrs. Hale is not in the mood to share small talk with Mrs. Peters (Glaspell 202). Many times in the past, she had had thoughts of guilt about how she “ought to go over and see Minnie Foster,” but was too busy (Glaspell 202). They enter the home and the wives spend most of their time in Mrs. Wright’s kitchen, which is where the story is centered since the majority of Minnie’s life is spent there. According to the excerpt from the essay "Small Things Reconsidered: Susan Glaspell's 'A Jury of Her Peers' " by Elaine Hedges, the Wright’s farm was isolated, Minnie was confined to her work as a farmer’s wife, and they did not have a telephone because Mr. Wright refused one (Hedges par.
However, Franky felt like she didn’t fit in the family and town she only felt like that because she couldn’t get in the club with all them girls, and her father really didn’t give Franky any attention. In spite of, Franky also struggle with her family because after her brother get married he goes back in the army, and she doesn't get to see him, and her father is never home all she need is some family loving. Meanwhile Bernice did felt unwanted and not needed, but the soldier felt lonely in the town. Not only, he was in the town for 3 days and nobody had talk to him because nobody didn’t know him. Furthermore, an outsider is a character that is set apart from the established cultural pattern.
In the Odyssey Penelope tries hard to embrace all the things women are given in life. She can do anything about the fact that Odysseus has been gone for almost twenty years, that her son does not know his own father and who he is supposed to take after, and that her home is almost in ruins because of all the suitors refusing to leave the house and trashing the house. Penelope is forced to choose a suitor, remarry and probably have more kids too. Penelope is not allowed to say if she wants that or not. We, as readers, can tell she is putting things off for as long as she can, but what if her alone was not enough.
In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses the character of Curley's wife to illustrate the theme of loneliness. Curley's wife is the only woman on the farm and has no one to talk with. In the beginning, Curley's wife always bothers the men by telling them "[She is] lookin' for Curley" (Steinbeck 31). This is the first sign of her unbearable loneliness. Unfortunately, when she asks the men if they've seen her husband she acts flirtatiously, which gives them the wrong impression.
Thomas Schell is absent for Grandma in a literal sense because he leaves his family behind, but he is emotionally absent as well. The relationship between Grandpa and Grandma was purely a form of symbiosis: Thomas Schell needed a replacement for Anna, and Grandma needed Thomas Schell. Even though Grandma mentioned how she was ‘okay’ without Thomas Schell’s love, her letters to Oskar imply her whole life is empty without the love she deserves. In Oskar’s case, there is one more person in absence: his mother. Mom is constantly portrayed as an antagonist for the most part of the novel because Oskar feels betrayed by how Mom can laugh with Ron.