“Sometimes it is better to be alone. Nobody can hurt you.”- hercules. There are many examples of how loneliness is portrayed through different characters and events in the book of mice and men. Three characters that show loneliness is crooks, Curley 's wife, and candy.
Carlson complains to Slim about Candy’s dog and suggests, "Whyn't you get Candy to shoot his old dog and give him one of the pups to raise up? I can smell that dog a mile away. Got no teeth, damn near blind, can't eat. Candy feeds him milk. He can't chew nothing else" (Steinbeck 35).
We all may have had the feeling of loneliness and isolation, wanting companionship feeling abandonment. In John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, there are men living on a ranch having their own reasons for loneliness or being isolated. The three characters Crooks, George, and Lennie crusade dealing with own ways of loneliness and isolation. Crooks has no one that likes him because he’s black, Lennie struggles mentally and George struggles with always having to care for him. They all can’t decide whether it is that they want to be alone or not. Steinbeck displays through the dialogue and characterizations that these characters experience isolation because of both social barriers and personal choice.
Between Candy, Lennie, George, Crooks, and Curley’s wife all their traits of loneliness affect the way they act. Curley 's wife is an alone character throughout the story and it affects her choice to go to everyone and talk to them and “ask”
Within the novella Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, characters have trouble forming meaningful relationships, which cause them to live lonely lives because of their own insecurities, society, or because of someone else and events in one's past. To start off, Curley struggles to bond with the men in the bunkhouse, and his own wife. Being a good friend to someone means that you support them, have their back, and are able to have a good time with them. However, he has trouble following those guidelines because he is blinded by his own jealousness and desires. He continually tries to intimidate any individual that he is threatened by.
Lonely Characters in Of Mice And Men Imagine a world where people didn’t really care what one said to another, and neither cared enough to ask each other questions. A place where everyone existed in silence, but were together at the same time. As portrayed in the novel, Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck, in which Steinbeck’s idea of loneliness is isolation in silences. The author teaches the reader that friendship is mostly about conversation, and magnifies the effects of isolation through the eyes of Crooks, Curley’s wife and Candy.
Loneliness and Alienation in “Of Mice and Men” In John Steinbeck’s novel, “Of Mice and Men”, many characters were plagued with loneliness and alienation, and most characters were in need of acceptance. The harsh time period of the Great Depression affected three characters in, “Of Mice and Men” greatly. Three characters that are plagued by loneliness and alienation and are in need of acceptance the most include George Milton; the protagonist of the novel, Crooks; the negro stable buck with a crooked back, and Curley’s wife; a young woman who just wants somebody to talk to. In this essay, you will learn why George, Crooks, and Curley’s wife were the loneliest and why other characters were not plagued with loneliness and alienation as much as these three characters. George Milton is the protagonist of the novel.
Albert Schweitzer once said, “We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.” Undoubtedly, Albert Schweitzer’s quote can be referred to Curley’s wife in the novel Of Mice and Men, and John Steinbeck’s message about loneliness. Without a doubt, Curley’s wife, from Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, is a lonely character who fails to find companionship, and depicts Steinbeck’s message about loneliness. Certainly, Curley’s wife was in search of a companion throughout the novel.
Loneliness is a key aspect that flows throughout the Of Mice and Men plot line. Every character express some sort of loneliness at one time or another in this story. Some character express the fact that they are currently alone and others express that they have been lonely in their past. Others do not clearly state that they have even thought about loneliness, but they do give subtle hints at to it. 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.
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. However he first tells Lennie about their dream, about tending rabbits, living off the land from the crops, and shoots him. Friendship and Loneliness is shown here where George is Lennie’s best friend, and everyone else stays away leaving Lennie alone. Other times in the novel the reader witnesses many other characters face this same factor of isolation. Some examples are,
Due to his race, he was segregated, and was not allowed to associate with white people. Crooks was the loneliest person on the ranch because his color, there is a lot of racism at the point and so they were considered lower. On page 68 it states " I ain't wanted in the bunkhouse and you ain't wanted in my room.
The theme of loneliness is developed in chapter four in Of Mice and Men by explaining the situations that the characters are in with great detail. Unquestionably, loneliness is shown in the chapter when the author shows how Crooks lives his life. When Lennie first enters Crooks’ room, it seems like Crooks doesn’t want Lennie to be there. Crooks says, “You got no right to come in my room. This here’s my room. Nobody got any right in here but me.” (Steinbeck 68). Crooks snapping back and being all defensive towards Lennie shows how lonely he actually is. Crooks, who is African American, is very separated from the rest of the ranch workers because of his skin color. Because of his skin color, he is alway by himself, which may cause him to be defensive,
While Curley's wife flirts with the other men: "Nobody can blame a person for lookin'" (Steinbeck 31). This quote uncovers that Curley's wife wants attention and wants the other men to look at her. Candy's long-time companion was his dog. The narrator says, "He did not look down at the dog at all" (Steinbeck 49). When Candy's only companion was withdrawn from him and he couldn’t even looks at the dog because of the despair it causes him.
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.
( Steinbeck pg 20). This quote from the book gives the reader an example of how they treat Crooks and that he doesn 't really talk to anyone but he does read a lot and you could gather from that, that he is kind of lonely. Another thing is that when Crooks was talking to Lennie he told Lennie he had no right to be in his room because he isn 't allowed in the bunks with them so Lennie could not be in his room then. This might tell you that Crooks spends a lot of time by himself and he doesn’t feel that the other guys should get to do things if he doesn’t. In this next quote, Crooks is telling Lennie that Lennie had no right to be Crooks room cause Crooks couldn’t go in there, and that he is the only one that has rights in his own room.