Theme Of Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

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People from all different ages and backgrounds have experienced loneliness. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, a man named George Milton has the responsibility of taking care of a child-minded man named Lennie Small. George has a difficult time always trying to keep Lennie in line, but Lennie manages to create trouble wherever he goes. Along the way George and Lennie have created a family-like relationship because of only having each other. Throughout the book Of Mice and Men, loneliness impacts the characters Candy, Crooks, and Curly’s wife. In Of Mice and Men, a character who endures loneliness is Candy. Throughout the book, Candy is suffering from old age. Around the farm, all he can do is sweep because he lost his right hand in a ranch accident. Candy’s physical disability limits him to making only thirty dollars on the farm. At an early point in life, Candy’s dog was a champion sheep herder, but he became old and no use to anyone. Candy’s dog was shot by Carlson, another worker on the farm, because the dog had lived beyond its value. When George and Lennie were going on about their dream house, Candy stated “They’ll call me purty soon. Jus’ as soon as I can’t swamp out no bunkhouses they’ll put me on the county” (Steinbeck 60). Steinbeck used Candy’s dog to figuratively show what was in store for Candy. Throughout the book, Candy is very lonely due to his old age and physical disability. Another character who is familiar with loneliness in the book Of
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