Of Mice And Men Feelings Alone Analysis

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Mason Cooley once said,”The lonely become either thoughtful or empty.” Feeling alone has always been a big issue, whether it is in reality or in a fictional sense. Of Mice and Men demonstrates through the characters George, Crooks, and Curley’s wife, how a person's very surroundings can lead them to feeling lonely. George is always trying to get Lennie to understand his feelings or the importance of things, but Lennie’s inattentive isn’t helping. Crooks has to deal with discrimination because of his skin color and is all alone due to this. All the guy wants is some company. Last but not least, Curley’s wife is incessantly ignored by the other characters, mainly because Curley would go mad if he found out they were speaking to his wife, but…show more content…
The way this is proven in the novel is by Lennie walking into Crooks’s room when everyone else is in town and asks, “‘Why ain’t you wanted?’” Crooks replies, “‘Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I stink. Well, I tell you, all of you stink to me.’” (68) Racism was a major problem back in the 1930s, and people used to call African Americans the “n” word. Crooks cannot have friends because of the deep racism that took place during this time which makes him lonely and have hatred towards “white” people. However, he decides to risk the punishment of violating the rule of racial segregation when, “Crooks scowled, but Lennie’s disarming smile defeated him. ‘Come on in and set a while,’ Crooks said. ‘Long as you won’t get out and leave me alone, you might as well set down.’ His tone was a little more friendly.” (69) Crooks decided to change his tone with Lennie when he realized he wasn’t going to leave. Loneliness is a big issue within Crooks because of his skin color which separates him from the others on the ranch. This shows how Crooks ties into the theme of loneliness because when reading between the lines, he wanted Lennie to leave for fear that he would criticize Crooks like everyone else is doing, so he asks that he leaves. But, he’s caught short when Lennie isn’t like the…show more content…
Also, by the reason of Curley wanting to pick a fight if he catches anyone talking to his spouse. Later on in the story, Lennie is in the barn with his dead puppy and Curley’s wife walks in. She tries speaking to Lennie, but he says he’s not supposed to. She says,”’Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.’” (86) This whole statement proves how she’s feeling. She can’t talk to anyone and being trapped in your own head all the time and talking to only one person can get
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