Theme Of Loneliness In John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men'

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Halfway through Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses dialogue to demonstrate the theme of the loneliness and human companionship felt by the ranchers. When Lennie visits the bunkhouse to see his pups, he strikes up a conversation with Crooks and in the conversation he turns to his personal upbringing: “There wasn’t another colored family for miles around.” When Crooks was a child, he would play with the white kids. He didn’t feel isolated then. “...there ain’t a colored man on this ranch” Crooks now is physically divided. He is sequestered due to his race. Crooks does not necessarily feel lonely due to his race, but because he does not have anyone to engage in conversation with. Crooks unsuccessfully tries to substitute his loneliness with his
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