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.
The dog of Candy’s is an outcast due to its age. “That dog of Candy’s is so God damn old he can’t hardly walk.” (Steinbeck 36). Candy’s dog is treated negatively because he is old and for this reason he is an outcast. Other conditions arise due to the age of the dog, which the men do not accept.
He said proudly, "You wouldn't think it to look at him now, but he was the best damn sheepdog I ever seen" (Steinbeck 44). Candy's relationship with his dog is an old and fortified relationship. The reason why Candy feels attached to his dog is because his dog is a constant companion. The dog also had its use in the ranch as a sheepdog. Although Candy lacked a close human companion, his dog filled that spot in his heart.
Societal Desolation “‘ Too much self centered attitude you see, brings you see, isolation. As a result, loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of all suffering.-- Dalai Lama. Throughout the short, yet intricate novella Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck, we see this thematic element of loneliness emerge quite often. Loneliness is sorrow and the alienation from those whom you wish to be linked to.
Although they are not always noticed, discrimination and invisible barriers have always surrounded everyday life. In the prized novella, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck he illustrates the early eighteenth-century ranch life. During the Great Depression, it is shown that some people may be driven to find friendship in order to escape their loneliness. Two long-lived companions, George Milton and Lennie Smalls travel together facing various difficulties. The two characters create a binding friendship that is to be cherished and admired upon any individual who seeks a genuine relationship.
Candy is and old man who relies on his dog to act as a companion. Many times it is seen in the novel that he is lonely, and as he sits in his bunk, he does not speak a word to anyone else. As the days go on many of the men in the shack told Candy that his dog “ain’t no good to you Candy. An’ he ain’t no good to himself” (44). Candy is crushed by what the men say, but agree that the only thing he has left from his past needs to die now.
Of mice and men, by John Steinbeck, is a very depressing and imaginative book. He has two different themes that help tie the whole story together, like a recurring situation. The first theme is loneliness; all the characters in one way or another show a sense of loneliness. One character who portrays this the most is Lennie. Lennie has abandonment problems, which when he is alone causes him to be upset and he doesn't know what to do.
As stated by Mother Teresa,”Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” Within Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck develops the theme of loneliness. John Steinbeck develops the theme of loneliness by showing it to us through three characters. The theme shows that human nature affects many people in different ways. Steinbeck shows us how loneliness can affect a person and how it has developed within the characters and shaped them.
The influent theme of loneliness is a central focus, in the novel called ‘Of Mice and Men’, written by John Steinbeck. Written in the time of the Great Depression saw many individuals struggling to find jobs and seek stealing as the only solution to feed their hungry families. The three passages highlighting the theme of loneliness that effects majority of the characters in this short detail book and demonstrates societal views through the descriptions given by Steinbeck’s words. In the first passage, Steinbeck’s main characters, George Milton and Lennie Small refer their lifestyles that has become a way in the Great Depression.
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.
Body Paragraph I Candy is the loneliest person because he loses his only friend which was his dog.” Look , Candy. This ol’ dog jus’ suffers hisself all the time. If you was to take him out and shoot him right in the back of the head-” he leaned over and pointed, “- right there, why he’d never know what hit him”. Candy’s dog was the only thing he had left to keep him occupied he had no other friends or family.
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 conclusion we can see that loneliness affects most of the characters in the story of mice and men, If not all. Loneliness in the story is shown to be absolutely inevitable. The characters in the story were unable to prevent almost any of the things that have happen to happen. They are not the kind of people that work in one place for a long time so they do not make those long lasting bonds that they should be making. Even thought I did not mention the main characters most of the characters had some sort of loneliness affecting
Loneliness is a deserted island. A time of extreme loneliness was the 1930’s. In the 1930’s the stock market suffered a terrible crash, leading to the Great Depression. This depression caused the loss of many American jobs and plunged the nation into a era of great hardship. Desperate for work, many people took on the roles of migrant workers, traveling from farm to farm every few months.