“‘They left all the weak ones here,’” she says upon her entry to the barn, where Candy, an old man with a stump for an arm, Lennie, a big man with a heart to match, but a brain the opposite of his figure; and Crooks, the African American stable buck, who happens to be crippled, are talking. Comparatively, these three are the weaker ones on the ranch, and Curley’s wife takes advantage of it, knowing that they either will not do anything about it, can not do anything about it, or does not know how to do anything about it. She knows that they won’t like it and will, predictably, react to the derogatory statement. But when one of the “weak ones” starts to gain confidence and defend themselves, she turn on them in scorn, “‘Listen nigger,” [Curley’s wife] said. ‘You know what I can do to you if you open your trap?’ Crooks stared hopelessly at her, and then he sat down on his bunk and drew into himself,” scared of what she might do to him.
Curley’s wife is kept in isolation because she is a woman and Curley wants to keep her in the house fearing that she will cheat on him because she flirts with other men. She’s the only woman on the ranch, so she goes out and looks for attention because of her loneliness and doesn’t get any attention at home. While talking to Lennie in the barn she
His dog is his company and equivalent of a friend, “I had ‘im since he was a pup.” The other men, all loners and migrant workers, cannot understand the idea of friendship and simply want the dog shot because it is no longer useful and is a nuisance in the bunkhouse. They do not recognize, nor sympathise with, Candy’s affection for the dog as he pleads with them to let the subject drop, “I’m so used to him” and “he was the best damn sheepdog I ever seen.” He offers his money to George and Lennie to buy the property because “I ain’t got no relatives nor nothing.” He knows that his future is more loneliness and then death, “They’ll can ne purty soon...I won’t have no place to go to.” When Crooks sneers at the idea of owning their place, his answer shows the comfort he gains from his new friends and the end to loneliness, “we gonna do it…Me and Lennie and George.” The importance of friendship and the self-esteem it now gives to him is also shown in the he answers back to Curley’s wife when she insults him and Crooks and Lennie, “We got fren’s, that what we got.” Seeing the collapse of his dream, he takes out his anger on Curley’s wife’s corpse, “You wasn’t no good… I could of hoed the garden and washed dishes for them guys” but now there is only his lonely old
Steinbeck crafts Curley’s wife’s character to demonstrate the role of women in the 1930’s, and to prove that women will never be able to achieve the American Dream because of the sexist society present during that time period. Gender roles during the 1930’s were very prevalent. Men were free to do as they pleased while women were expected to be submissive housewives, meaning they must stay home alone and tend to the house. Curley’s wife is a perfect example of this as she was also expected to stay home without the freedom to socialize with others since she was the only female on the farm. Because of that Curley’s wife desperately desired a person she could talk to.
He is the stable hand who takes care of the horses and other livestock on the ranch and is named Crooks because of his crooked back caused by a damaging kick from a horse. Crooks is the only black man on the ranch and is repeatedly segregated from the other men because of his race. He is not allowed in the bunkhouse or allowed to even play cards with the other men and is forced to sleep in the barn with the animals. This kind isolation would cause anyone to be ill-tempered about the world and the people in it, and Crooks is no exception. When
"Of Mice and Men" essay on Loneliness is a basic part of human life. Every one becomes lonely once in a while but in Steinbeck 's novella "Of Mice and Men", he illustrates the loneliness of ranch life in the early 1930 's and shows how people are driven to try and find friendship in order to escape from loneliness. Steinbeck creates a lonely and blue atmosphere at many times in the book. He uses names and words such as the town near the ranch called "Soledad", which means loneliness and the card game "Solitaire" Which means by ones self. He makes it clear that all the men on the ranch are lonely, with particular people lonelier than others.
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.
In the book of Mice And Men, all of the characters seemed to be lonely in some kind of way. Weather it was because they lived on the ranch, was the only black person on the ranch, was the only female on the ranch, or even if they only and a dog as a friend. But in the story, Steinbeck gives info about Crooks that proves that Crooks is the loneliest in the book. He was the loneliest because he was very isolated from everyone. Second, Crooks was the loneliest, because he wasn’t allowed in the other bunk.
Steinbeck portrays the theme of loneliness and isolation effectively through key fictional characters and a number of underlying themes. The setting for the story is “Soledad” which is Spanish for loneliness; this gives readers connotations of a depressing and remote environment in which the itinerant farmers live. There is mention of the men going “into town” and Curley going to a doctor when his hand is smashed but there is no socialisation with anyone from outside of the ranch. All of the workers are nomadic and solitary, the man who used George’s bed before him “just quit, the way a guy will...just wanted to move.” This suggests that not many characters are settled. The men on the ranch are all passing through
Steinbeck writes Curley’s wife as isolated like the lonely ranch men that come and go which appeals to the readers’ feelings. Her actions are a result from her lifeless marriage on the ranch. To add, her seclusion from companionship is an example of her hopeless dreams she never
His dog was too old to be any use, just like Candy himself, so he was shot by Carlson. This broke Candy’s heart, along with any of his spirit he had left. Candy was the only old person on the farm, besides his dog. Now that is dog was gone, Candy was totally isolated. Nonetheless, Candy was given some hope by George and Lennie, who told Candy he could be part of their farm.
Before she divulged to Lennie in Chapter Five, the text declared, “Wha’s the matter with me?” she cried. “Ain’t I got a right to talk to nobody?” (Steinbeck 43). Since there were no other women on the ranch, Curley’s wife attempted to befriend or flirt with the ranch hands despite her spouse’s obvious derision. To avoid trouble, the workers tried and struggled to avoid conversing with her. Accused of being a “tart,” the lonesome woman felt trapped and forlorn in a loveless marriage with no friends or family by her side.
George keeps Lennie around because it keeps him from being like other ranchers, most ranch workers go ranch by ranch having no one to talk to or have fun with and they just turn mean. According to Slim on pg
They ain 't got nothing to look ahead to” (Steinbeck 113).In the book some of the characters that have it the worst is crooks, Lennie, and curleys wife. Crooks is black so he isn’t allowed to socialize with the other men, Curleys wife feels very alone because her husband doesn’t care about her and she is the only girl on the farm. In the book, Curleys wife is portrayed as a very flirty person, she is married to the bosses son, her husband is a small man that picks fights with all the guys that are physically bigger than him. The men on the farm try to stay away from her because they think she’s trying to flirt with them and they don’t want to get in trouble with the boss or get in a fight with curly. She is a very lonely person and try’s to flirt with the other men on the farm because she has no one to talk to.
Steinbeck writes, “if anyone […] treated her like a person, she would be a slave to that person.” Lennie showed her kindness, so she satisfied him by letting him touch her dress. She died for innocent reasons allowing the reader to separate themselves from the lens the book is written through, letting them see her for who she is. They recognise the microcosm of society on the ranch and social injustices women were plagued with. For many readers this is too late to adjust their mindset of her because they haven’t