Dialogue, characterization, and word choice develops Steinbeck’s belief that loneliness and isolation is caused by both personal choice and social barriers. Crooks is lonely because of his race and back. Curley's wife is isolated because of her relationship to Curley, and Candy is lonely because of his old age and old dog. Nowadays people can be isolated because of the same kind of social barriers or by their own personal choice. Personal decisions and social barriers can both contribute to
Loneliness, in accordance with the dictionary is a complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship. However, it doesn’t always work like that, human beings can be lonely even when surrounded by other people, specifically if said other people cannot relate to or communicate effectively with the subject. In this way, many people can be lonely but not even seem lonely and that in itself is dreadful. Loneliness is dark bottomless hole that is just too easy to fall into and disappear forever. Steinbeck though, used this tactic of despair and sentenced the majority of his characters to life with it in his novel, Of Mice and Men.
Lennie and Candy are the only ones who went to talk to him and they made him happy because the never gets to talk to anyone. Another way the idea of loneliness is portrayed in the story is Curley’s wife. Curley doesn’t like her talking to the other people because they are all guys and she flirts a lot. She said “I get lonely, you can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad.
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.
Loneliness is evident for most people at some point in their life. In a way it’s inescapable, whether you chose to live that way or forced into it. In the novel Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, it follows the story of two unlikely friends, George and Lennie and their journey through the Great Depression. Lennie has a mental disability that prevents him to think like a regular adult, so he depends on his friend George to protect him, in fact they always stay together. They find a job on a ranch and that’s where most of the story takes place and where the story follows the common theme of the “American Dream” and loneliness.
This loneliness is portrayed throughout John Steinbeck 's novel, Of Mice and Men. The main characters affected include Curley’s Wife, Crooks, and Lennie. These characters undergo the side effects of the Great Depression each in a different way, but ultimately compare as they become most lonely in the end. Curley’s Wife is just a young lady who had such big plans for her life, only to have them shut down after getting married. Crooks was declared as less of a person because of the way he looked and Lennie was defined as excess baggage.
The book describes one who is mentally challenged, Lennie, and another one who cares for Lennie, named George. Lennie is continuously getting into trouble and causing problems for George. When Lennie snapped the neck of Curley 's wife it forces George to break the social contract between the two of them. In retaliation for Lennie’s actions, George shot Lennie because of justified anger, mercy,
96). Curly is then enveloped in a state of rage that can not be changed, Curly has dedicated himself and the rest of the ranch hands to killing Lennie. George realizes the severity of the problem and is forced to make a quick decision that would save Lennie from an excruciating death. In the novel it says, “From the distance came the sound of men shouting to one another. George turned his head and listened to the shouts,” this shows the urgency of the situation and how the death of Lennie was impossible to veer from (pg.
On page 91 right after he killed Curley's wife, he said “He said I don't want to hurt you, but George will be mad if you yelled”. This is one way it shows that Lenny is unknown because he has know idea he had just killed her. This trait hurts Lennie in the story because right after this happens he runs away and when George finds him Lennie has to be killed because he can't do that again in the future. If they didn't kill Lennie the same thing would keep happening to him and he could have bad things happen to him The last character trait shared by Lennie is that he is very innocent. One way in the book that Lenny is innocent is when George says “get im Lennie lennie says I don't wanna hurt him george” .