Oppression is a weight that restricts one from fulfilling a dream or desire. In his novel, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the theme is used to illustrate many ideas of racism, sexism, isolation and oppression of the time period. The novel begins with Lennie and George, two migrant workers that developed a close relationship and rely on each other. The men are chased out of Weed due to an incident caused by Lennie, a strong, and mentally unstable man who often acts like a child. Finding work down south the men are quickly introduced to Candy, an old man who lost his hand, Slim, a skilled ranch hand, Curley, the boss's son who is “handy”, and Crooks, an African American stable buck.
The reader is introduced to Ethan Frome by the narrator, who describes him as the ruin of a man. That he has a careless powerful look, with something bleak and unapproachable in his face. His stiff and grizzled look, aging him beyond his fifty-two years. Ethan treks out to the post office every day, even if it’s to pick up a copy of the Bettsbridge Eagle. The picture the narrator 's paints for the reader is that Ethan is unhappy, but has given up on changing his life displayed by the cat that he is stuck in a routine.
One’s self has experienced loneliness from choice or forced into isolation. The novel ¨Of Mice and Men¨ written by John Steinbeck, took place during the Great Depression, near Soledad, California. The protagonist, George and the antagonist, Lennie are mid aged, white men who are working on a ranch with other mid aged, white men. Along with ones who aren’t as focused at the time, such as Crooks, the negro or black, Curley’s wife, the woman and, Candy, the old and weak man were treated differently from all the white, strong males in the novel due to the setting the novel. This making distance in relationships in Of Mice and Men, isolating these characters into loneliness.
(1) Crooks explains to Lennie how he differs from other ranch hands; the other ranch hands forbid Crooks from entering their bunkhouse, he cannot “go into the bunkhouse and play rummy ‘cause [he is] black…[he has] sit out here an’ read books. Sure [he] could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then [he] got to read books.” (72). Crooks admits to Lennie that because the other ranch hands exclude him from their bunkhouse and card games, he finds himself lonely. The white ranch hands fraternize with each other and keep each other company, while excluding Crooks, which forces him to lead a lonesome lifestyle. (3) Crooks reveals to Lennie that every man must maintain friendships and if they do not, then “a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick” (73).
Loneliness on most of every characters Loneliness can affect every human even the happiest one ! Someone can have everything, or have a lot of friends but you never know how they feel inside and they can actually feel really lonely, like it they aren 't really include in the group of friends he hang out with that person feel really lonely, like he 's not include in the conversation or the other people around them is actually talking to that person but they don 't really continue a conversation witch can make him lonely. Or if you are maybe the most popular one in the school and everyone like that person, you can actually don 't really know how he feel inside. Through the characters of of mice and men Lennie, Crooks, Curley 's wife are prove by John Steinbeck, that loneliness can affect every human even the happiest one. Lennie is happy in the beginning because he has George and he believes in his dream of having a farm with a lot of rabbits in different colours, but George is letting down Lennie cause he 's always putting him in trouble so Lennie is alone.
This quote also connects back to Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, and the character Crooks because of his race other workers on the ranch treat him differently. He is separated from other workers, and he also can’t go in the bunkhouse where all the other guys stay. Other workers on the ranch use offending words to describe him. In Chapter 2, Candy describes Crooks using this quote “The guys wouldn’t let him use his feet, so that nigger got him. If he coulda use his feet, Smitty says he woulda killed the nigger” (Steinbeck 20).
Candy is an old man who is confined by his age and cannot do any real work. He cannot leave the farm because he does not have enough money to survive on his own. Steinbeck described Candy by writing, “Old Candy, the swamper, came in and went to his bunk, and behind him struggled his old dog,” (Page 43). The only thing that kept Candy company was his dog. His dog was too old to be any use, just like Candy himself, so he was shot by Carlson.
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. They all show to have been or become lonely in the story at one point in time.
Companionship is a necessity for those seeking happiness and peace of mind within their lives. Without any faith in others, people will suffer from loneliness and sorrow.This idea is presented in the novella, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. The text delineates the lives of multiple characters who have experienced pain as a result of their alienation from others. These characters include a back man, named Crook’s, who is separated from society because of his skin color, Curley’s wife who, in the time period, was treated with disrespect because of her gender, and two itinerant farm laborers, George and Lennie, once the best of friends, who have lost each other in a world of fear and misfortune. This concept of isolation is developed through
Loneliness in characters is shown by the point of view of their sexism , race , and their age meaning they are brought down or seen lower than others by who they are . An example is when at the beginning of the book George meets Candy , and Candy introduces him to the “ black guy “ , in the book they refer to Crooks’s as the black guy . Around the 1930’s black people were seen lower than , compared to white people . Black people weren 't allowed to conversate with white people . This meant that crooks’s didn 't have any friends around him he was isolated from the rest , he was given his own bunk in a separated nigger room .