Loneliness affects many people in a deep psychological way that follows them through their lives. This is no different with many characters in George Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, which takes place in 1937, following two migrant workers, named George and Lennie, as they interact with people working on a ranch in Soledad, California. Loneliness is one of the most important themes in Of Mice and Men, as seen in the characters of Curley's’ wife, Candy, and Crooks. Curley, the son of the ranch owner, has a wife that tends to anger the ranch workers by always popping into the bunkhouse and flirting with them. It isn’t until chapter five that Curley’s wife’s loneliness is actually expressed through her words to Lennie.
In the novel, Steinbeck’s Mice and Men is set in the Salinas Valley in California during the 1930s. At this time there was a great depression and the death toll in the United States was 7 million people. There are many characters that are plagued by loneliness in the novel, and they are Candy, Curley’s wife, and Crooks in the novel they are all searching for friendship and acceptance and to make people understand how it feels to be alone and not to have any friends. And they show and express the way they are lonely in many ways. One of the main characters was Candy.
Crooks is physically separated from the rest of the workers on the ranch and has to live in a shed on the side of the barn. The racial discrimination is harsh and is part of the microcosm Steinbeck uses to describe in his story. Crooks reads lots of books because he has no companions. Crooks has the same problem as candy because of his disability and race he has no hope of moving on and getting a better
The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness. Of Mice and Men is a novella written by the author John Steinbeck. It tells a story of George Milton and Lennie Small; two displaced ranch workers, who are constantly searching for a new job during The Great Depression in California. John Steinbeck displays loneliness from the standpoint of average men living and working on a farm searching for friendship to escape their loneliness. In Of Mice and Men, other than the friendship, the story portrays people who are isolated and lonely like George, who has the responsibility of taking care of Lennie and keeping him out of trouble, Lennie, who is mentally disabled, and lastly, Curley’s wife, who desperately seeks for the attention she has always lacked.
The novel I decided to pick for this essay was Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. One of the major themes of this novel is the issue of loneliness and isolation in society. Steinbeck offers the reader an insight into the society of this time which is set in the great depression in the 1930’s and how it leaves many of the characters behind, unwanted and alone. I believe this still to be relevant in modern contemporary living. The characters who portray the theme of loneliness and isolation are; Lennie, because he is mentally challenged and the other characters fear his intimidating physique, but he also has George and their dream of getting their own farm to escape reality.
In the South, Attaway highlights the exhausted land, Big Mat 's barren wife Hattie, the family 's excessive hunger, and the chore of plowing all day with no incentive. Additionally, the urban landscape of the North is also painted as dull and dying. In the North, Attaway demonstrates the destruction of natural landscape, evident " in the pollution of the ‘dirty-as-a-catfish-hole river with a beautiful name: the ‘Monongahela,’” as well as the “mountains of red ore, yellow limestone, and black coke, that line the river banks” (43). Blood on the Forge follows the three Moss brother- Big Mat, Chinatown, and Melody. They move to the industrial wasteland of western Pennsylvania from the Jim Crow South.
As German theologian once said, “We are all so much together but we are all dying of loneliness.” This is quite apparent for multiple characters in the novel, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. George and Lennie are two men that travel around together in efforts of finding work during the Great Depression, which they must do often due to Lennie’s mental illness that causes him to do “bad” things and ruin things for them on multiple jobs. However, they find work as ranch hands south of Soledad, which causes them and multiple other characters, such as the stable buck Crooks, to come face to face with their constant loneliness. Soledad, which ironically translates to loneliness, is relevant to the novel. Crooks, Lennie, and George are some of many of the characters who experience this negative feeling.
In the novella, Of Mice and Men, the author John Steinbeck illustrates a ranch in the 1930’s during the great depression where those who fit into mainstream society run the show, and those deemed “outcasts” are rendered useless. Steinbeck depicts characters with setbacks that diminish their value in the eyes of society, and contrasts them to characters that have no difficulties conforming to the norm. Crooks, being a black man isolated by his race, and Candy, a elderly man limited by his age and missing limb are examples of Steinbeck characters that experience hardships because of the differences. The poor treatment of Crooks and Candy by the other characters, and their chronic unhappiness in a place that doesn’t value them, comments on how
Steinbeck also uses characterization to portray loneliness. He uses sexism, racism and ageism to get his message across. He makes it clear that everybody on the ranch has a degree of loneliness within their lives. Unfortunately some have it worse than others. I think that there were three characters that were the loneliest.
Candy: He is an old man who has lost his hands and fingers in an accident which occurred to him. He is also known or called as "the swamper," He is a less confident person and he is afraid that he might be fired from his job when he may no more do hid duties. ," So he used to convince and requests George and Lennie to let join their dream of owning a farm because he believes that he can contribute necessary money to this scheme. Crooks: He is a black stable man who takes care of the horses. He is a symbol of racism and racial injustice of mankind in this nvel’ He is being isolated from the rest of the people because of his skin colour.