Being isolated from people can be a scary thing. Imagine when life doesn't go one’s way, not having someone to talk to. Some people can be extremely affected by not having someone by their side. In the novel of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George and Lennie are friends, and both depend on each other, but Lennie may depend on George more. the author suggests that over time, being isolated can negatively affect one’s feelings by making individuals have bitter thoughts because they long for a companionship that they never had. Many isolated individuals can become jealous of people who have a strong relationship, because they don't have a companion. For example Carlson is very jealous of Candy’s relationship with his dog. He wants to break …show more content…
Toward the end of the novel, Carlson is very insensitive to the fact that George had to kill Lennie, and is still in shock. He says, “Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?”(107). Carlson just doesn't understand what it's like to lose a strong relationship, because he never had one. Therefore, he is extremely insensitive to George.
Another example is when Carlson wanted to shoot Candy’s dog. He says, “Whyn't you get Candy to shoot his old dog...Candy feeds him milk. He can't chew nothing else”(36). Candy has had that dog for a long time, but Carlson doesn't consider that. He just wants to shoot the dog, because it's very old, and can't eat much. He doesn't even think about how Candy might feel, because that was the only true relationship he had. Carlson has become insensitive towards others from being isolated, and not have a true relationship. Isolation is an abstract thing to think about, but all the outcomes of being isolated are negative ones. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author suggests that being isolated can negatively change how individuals act and perceive things. Whether it's being insensitive toward others, or becoming jealous of others, isolation can change the person you used to
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The defence questioned Candy about his dog, and why Carlson shot his dog. The defence asked Candy, “So Carlson killed your dog so it would be put out of misery?” Candy said that yes that was true. This is relevant because Curley, the husband of the woman killed by Lennie Small, admitted to the defence that he said, “I’m going to get him. I’m going to kill that son of a bitch myself.
He ain’t no good to you Candy. An’ he ain’t no good to himself. Why’n’t you shoot him, Candy?’” (Steinbeck 44) Carlson doesn’t understand why Candy keeps the dog because he doesn’t have any worth, and he isn’t useful.
The effects of isolation are also shown in an article by Harvard Medical School. The author shares the frightening effects of isolation on a person. They state, “People who feel lonely (disconnected from others) have been shown to have faster rates of cognitive decline than people who don’t feel lonely loneliness
Another example of why the ranch has a hostile atmosphere is because Carlson wants Slim to shoot Candy’s dog. Carlson hates Candy’s dog because it smells bad, has no teeth, can’t eat, and is almost completely blind. Carlson has a hand in making the atmosphere hostile because he is unsympathetic and heartless for wanting to
Georgia Cook 11/24/15 8C FRIES Companion or Competition? Humans are connected with one another through simple gravity-like forces that are ubiquitous and powerful, but in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, the characters isolate themselves. While the english poet John Donne once said that “No man is an island”, his contemporary John Milton believed that “Solitude sometimes is best society”. So, which is true? In both books the characters act as if they are“islands”, but this does not create the “best society”.
Page 49 paragraph 3 And this harsh conversation goes on until Candy says just take him, as if he has lost all hope. Now why would Candy want to live either he lost his only friend and now inside has a bubbling boil of lava that hurts him. So with Carlson put up with the dog he can’t take it anymore and kills the dog on the spot without Candy saying
I felt isolated; I spent a lot of time alone". As a reader, this quote stood out because it portrayed how he was effected by the how he saw himself as a man, and how he dealt with his consciences and fear silently. It also shows that men are worried of what other people may think if they open up and expose their feelings so instead they keep it trapped
When Carlson kills Candy’s dog is a reason. ”Right in the back of the head. He wouldn’t even quiver.” He tells George where to shoot something and make it painless. Next, Candy says he should’ve shot his dog.
First, loneliness is the sadness caused by having no friends or company, and friendship is a state of mutual trust and support between people, they are polar opposites, yet a person may acclaim to have both. For example today a person may have a friend, or many, but still will face loneliness in their life in one way or another. This is shown in Of Mice and Men periodically throughout the novel, knowing this the reader is challenged with such themes, the enticing beauty of friendship between George and Lennie, and the gloomy dreaded idea of loneliness shown by Curley’s wife, Candy, Crooks, and again Lennie. Among these characters the reader may also feel a connection between themselves and the characters, even though the world now and during the publication of Of Mice and Men has changed a lot. The world has reformed, and developed exponentially so, however friendship and loneliness is still a facet of everyday
Lennie’s strength and his childish mind is his biggest struggle that affects many people on the ranch and himself. Lennie is overprotective of George and about being with him he would do anything for the guy, so when Crooks tells him, “S’pose he gets killed or hurt so he can’t come back. ”(71) Lennie then contradicts his opinion”This ain’t true. George ain’t got hurt.
Loneliness is a strong word, however it means a lot to be lonely. The definition of lonely or loneliness is sadness because one has no friends or company. In the novel Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck shows that Crooks, Candy, and Curley’s Wife have loneliness because they never have company or friends to talk to. These Character’s show that loneliness is a problem that must be overcome in order to live a happy, fulfilled life.
They were seen as useless and as extra mouths to feed. Candy faces the endless fear that the boss will fire him once he loses his worth on the farm. Candy’s fears are portrayed when Carlson shoots his old dog because the dog is too old to be of use. He tells Lennie
The only thing that has been with Candy through everything is his dog, he lost his hand, his youth and now his beloved dog. Candy is left with nothing but himself, and because he doesn’t say much to anyone he has few
George prohibits Lennie from petting mice, making Lennie sad. While Lennie killing mice is a bad thing, Carlson killing Candy’s dog is actually isn’t. Carlson shoots Candy’s beloved dog to stop it from enduring any more suffering. Carlson recognizes the love that Candy feels for his dog, and lets Candy know that the way he would shoot him: “‘...He wouldn’t feel nothing...