Most people at some point in time have felt lonely, as if the world is turning against them. A lot of people feel isolated and lonely due to some sort of barrier, whether it is race, gender, or people group. However, people can also choose to be lonely. In the novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, isolation and loneliness are displayed throughout the novel. It begins with two men named George and Lennie who have moved to work on a new ranch.
Reflection Journal #3 Loneliness is a common issue experienced in the ranch. Curley's wife undergoes loneliness, because she is the only female in the ranch. Crooks seems to be the only colored worker at the ranch, isolating him away from all the other workers. Candy seems to have a companion (his dog) till one day realizes that maybe letting his dog die in peace would be best rather than him suffer any day more. Therefore George and lennie's companionship leaves their coworkers astonished.
The two main characters in this story are George and Lennie, they travel together and yet both express their struggles and fears of being alone. Very early in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George shares with Lennie how he wishes he were alone. He is one of the few character who actually has someone to keep him from loneliness, yet he wishes to be alone. He has tolerated living and traveling with Lennie for so long that he wishes he could experience what it would be like to be alone. In the same way his partner Lennie threatens him that he will just go up into the mountains and find a cave and live without him.
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.
She is the only girl on the ranch, and because of this, she faces difficulties from the boys. Curley’s Wife was just trying to find someone to confide in, and Lennie was there, but because she could cause trouble, Lennie wasn’t allowed to talk to her. She says to Lennie, “‘Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely’” (86).
Curley’s wife is lonely because she is all alone on the ranch; far away from her friends and any distractions in the town. Curley’s wife fits into this theme. She is isolated from the men on the ranch because she is female, but also because she craves attention and the men do not want to get in trouble with Curley by giving his wife the wrong attention. Steinbeck describes her in an unflattering way and the other men use
There are three characters that illustrate the theme in the novel Of Mice and Men, these people are Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s Wife. These characters all show the same trait of loneliness, but in different perspectives. The first example of a character who is lonely is an old handyman, who is left with only one hand from the outcome of a 7wwwwwprevious accident, is left alone with his dog. In the beginning his dog was a impressive sheep herder, but over time he ages, causing him to have a bad odor. Carlson insisted to Candy that the dog needed to be put out of his misery, so Carlson shot the dog.
He makes sure that she does not go near any other men. If Curley catches her talking to anyone besides Curley himself, he gets very mad. This makes it hard for Curley’s wife to talk to other people because she is the only woman on the farm. The only thing she is allowed to do is be hidden away in the house. Lennie has George always telling
In the novel Of Mice and Men dreams help take away the sensation of loneliness that is ever present in the book. This is because it connects everyone in the novel together. One way we can be sure of this is when Candy’s dog was shot and he was melancholy for a while before deciding to emotionally connect with the others on the ranch. This is evident when Other characters dreams matter to each other as well. This is shown at the end of the novel after Lennie’s life had been unfortunately ended and George was “broken” inside.
She goes on to explain that she does not appreciate the way the men on the ranch treat her with disrespect. The fact that she can stand up for herself, even though she’s all alone, reveals just how strong and confident of a person Curley’s wife truly is. If she had continued bottling up all of her emotions, she would have never had the chance to express her true emotions. This why why “‘I get lonely’” is the most important phrase used in chapters five and six of the novella Of Mice and
Curley 's wife is what the workers call a tart is also one of the characters who think they have a somewhere to belong but they really don 't or someone. candy says “well I think Curley married …. a tart,” the worker thinks she a tart so when she tries to get their attention to talk to them they ignore her. Because of that, she is sad that she has no one to talk to. But one day Lennie was in the barn with a dead puppy and she tries to talk but she keeps telling her she 's no good.
Hungry for attention, Curley’s wife pays the men in the barn a visit, only to be pushed away by their cruel comments and harsh words. Offended and unwanted, Curley’s wife turns the tables against Crooks and insults him by saying: “well, you keep your place then, n*****. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny” (80). Although she does not intend to hurt anyone, the men do not want to take chances retaliating at her resulting at them having to leave the ranch.When Candy found Curley’s wife half-hidden among the straw, lying still, he came to found out his dreams were taken from him. In the midst of things after Curley’s wife had died Candy had stayed behind and scolded at her “You done it, di’n’t you?
Before she divulged to Lennie in Chapter Five, the text declared, “Wha’s the matter with me?” she cried. “Ain’t I got a right to talk to nobody?” (Steinbeck 43). Since there were no other women on the ranch, Curley’s wife attempted to befriend or flirt with the ranch hands despite her spouse’s obvious derision. To avoid trouble, the workers tried and struggled to avoid conversing with her. Accused of being a “tart,” the lonesome woman felt trapped and forlorn in a loveless marriage with no friends or family by her side.
He is the only black man there so he is not allowed in the bunkhouse. Another way that loneliness shows in a character is through Candy. His dog was his best friend and after he died he could only cope with the loneliness by following Lennie and George 's dream. Another way it is shown in the book is through Curley 's wife. She tried to deal with it by flirting with other workers on the ranch because her husband does not give her attention.