Loneliness In George Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Loneliness affects many people in a deep psychological way that follows them through their lives. This is no different with many characters in George Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, which takes place in 1937, following two migrant workers, named George and Lennie, as they interact with people working on a ranch in Soledad, California. Loneliness is one of the most important themes in Of Mice and Men, as seen in the characters of Curley's’ wife, Candy, and Crooks. Curley, the son of the ranch owner, has a wife that tends to anger the ranch workers by always popping into the bunkhouse and flirting with them. It isn’t until chapter five that Curley’s wife’s loneliness is actually expressed through her words to Lennie. “I get lonely...You can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else…show more content…
A couple pages after Candy’s dog is shot by Carlson, who claims the dog was too old for its own good, Candy is talking to george and lennie about why he should be able to be a part of their dream of owning a ranch. “When they can me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me. But they won't do nothing like that. I won't have no place to go, an' I can't get no more jobs. I'll have thirty dollars more comin', time you guys is ready to quit." From what candy says, we can draw a couple of conclusions. The first is that he’s lonely because he has no place to go and just lost his dog. The second is that he seems desperate about any way to get out of his current situation of working on a ranch, and truly wishes to help out on George and Lennie's ranch. Due to both of these things, we can deduce that his life is generally pretty miserable because he doesn't have the friendship that George and Lennie have. He did have companionship with his dog before he was shot, but now he’s completely alone. Still, there is one majorly lonely character in Of Mice and
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