In latin “Solitaire” (the card game the men play) means alone and isolated. Some of the characters in the book have been described as more isolated and lonely than the other character, with the ones in particular ; Crooks, Candy and Curley’s Wife. Crooks is lonely because he is black and has a crooked back which is physically isolating him, Candy is lonely because he is old and only has one hand, Curley’s Wife is lonely because she is the only woman on the ranch. All the people living on the ranch are lonely to some extent. This is proven when Steinbeck describes the bunkhouse where all the workers sleep.
Seeing that Crooks is displayed as a hostile guy and is not welcomed in the barn, he keeps to himself. Crooks has been alone for so long that when Lennie comes into his room to talk to him, he doesn’t know how to deal with someone trying to be nice to him. In addition, Crooks is a bookworm. He has lots of books and enjoys studying law, as that is the only thing he is able to do on the ranch since no one will speak to him. When Lennie is in Crooks' room in the barn, Crooks expresses himself saying "S'pose you had to sit out here an' read books... Books ain't no good.
As he explains to Lennie that the ranch men don’t let him near them, Crooks tells him,“They play cards in the bunk house but I can’t play because I’m black” (68). Crooks uses cards as an example of one of the many things he is not allowed to do on the ranch. The fact that he isn’t even able to participate in leisure activities such as card games shows just how alone he is on the ranch. After that Crooks begins to talk more about his solitude and how “a guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody… [He] gets too lonely an’ he gets sick” (72-73). Crooks is explaining that although he’s used to being alone like this he is frustrated and bitter because of his loneliness.
My first point which shows sympathy in Hunchback In The Park is that the Hunch back does not fit in a class because of his disability. This point is backed up by "slept at night in a dog kennel". That quote is showing that he is almost in the same class as a dog, this quote is also showing isolation as he has he can't go anywhere else because of how cruel the society is. Society is cruel towards the Hunchback because of his disability.The author is referring back to isolation and poverty as he is homeless because of what he looks like, the author is referring back to poverty as the Hunchback had to sleep in a dog kennel because he had nowhere else to go. Sympathy is being shown as the Hunchback is shown as an outsider.
It begins with two men named George and Lennie who have moved to work on a new ranch. Unfortunately for them, Lennie has a mental disability which causes his brain to function as a child’s brain, this disability creates many conflicts throughout the novella. They met many characters that were divergent from the rest of the workers, such as Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Candy. Steinbeck used dialogue between characters to present his belief that loneliness and isolation are caused by both social barriers and personal choice. Candy is set apart from the rest of the workers due to his old age and his strong bond with his dog who eventually was killed.
His behaviour and mindset following the revelation that his dream is no longer obtainable clearly indicate that George no longer believes in his dream, he has acknowledged the fact that his dream is no longer attainable. When George discovers that Lennie has killed Curley’s wife, he ignores Candy’s pleas to maintain hope that their dream can come true, rather he begins to envision himself living the life of a lonely migrant farm worker. A quote that illustrates this belief can be found on page 93 where George states “I’ll work my month an’ I’ll take my fifty bucks an’ I’ll stay all night in some lousy cat house. Or I’ll set in some pool room till ever’body goes home. An’ then I’ll come back an’ work another month an’ I’ll have fifty bucks more.” Here John Steinbeck uses repetition to make it abundantly clear to the reader that George has forsaken his dream, and chosen to become the lonely farm worker he once felt empathy towards.
In today’s time period, Candy would be re-tired and drawing a deserved Workers’ Compensation check, but in the 1930’s this was not the case. Richard Moore writes, “Candy is an old man, reduced to cleaning the bunkhouse after los-ing his hand in an accident at work” (3). The ranch life is not meant for the elderly, especially the disabled elderly, but due to lack of social security at the time, Candy has no hope of seeing his retirement any time soon. Authors Umadevi and Saranya give prominence to the fact that, “Can-dy is a senior citizen with a physical handicap, and even though we get the sense that he has been at the ranch for some time, he has few ties or friends either, and tells Lennie and George later in the story that he has no family, no kids” (53). Steinbeck shows readers how poorly the elderly were treated before Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s social security program more formally known as the “New Deal”.
Loneliness can emotionally and mentally affect an individual 's entire well being. This thematic preoccupation is one of the many preponderant concepts which are present in the texts, Of Mice and Men composed by John Steinbeck and The Road Not Taken written by Robert Frost. Steinbeck exploits the assets of the language literary device, motif in a recurring nature to thoroughly elucidate the essence of solitude among the two protagonists as well as the other characters within the text: “"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don 't belong no place"..."With [George and Lennie] it ain 't like that.
One’s self has experienced loneliness from choice or forced into isolation. The novel ¨Of Mice and Men¨ written by John Steinbeck, took place during the Great Depression, near Soledad, California. The protagonist, George and the antagonist, Lennie are mid aged, white men who are working on a ranch with other mid aged, white men. Along with ones who aren’t as focused at the time, such as Crooks, the negro or black, Curley’s wife, the woman and, Candy, the old and weak man were treated differently from all the white, strong males in the novel due to the setting the novel. This making distance in relationships in Of Mice and Men, isolating these characters into loneliness.
This shows Crooks explaining what he has to go through and how much it affects him. He has nothing to keep him occupied in his free time as when it 's dark he has books but explains that he doesn’t like them as he possibly can’t read. Crooks showed