Due to the characteristics of Crooks, Lennie, and Candy, they are the outsiders of society in this novel. To begin, Crooks is an outsider as he is not of white descent and the only colored man that works on the ranch. Crooks is discriminated upon by the workers on the ranch and sleeps in a room segregated from the others that sleep in the bunkhouse together. Moreover, he is not allowed to play cards with the men who live in the bunkhouse because in their words, he “stinks”; it is not the fact that Crooks stinks, but the fact that he is black. In section four of Of Mice and Men, Crooks’ character says, “‘S’pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy ‘cause you was black,’” (Steinbeck 72).
Friendship is the lock that closes the door to loneliness. Candy was aware of the lonely life of men on ranches and to avoid this solitude, he grew a reliance on the companionship of his mutt, and later George and Lennie. After a gruesome argument in the ranch, Candy 's mutt was taken to be shot and Candy lay on his bed terribly sad, "A shot sounded in the distance...For a moment he [Candy] continued to stare at the ceiling. Then he rolled slowly over and faced the wall and lay silent" (51). Carlson had initiated a conversation on Candy 's dog reeking in the ranch house and a final decision was made to shoot the dog and put its misery to an end.
The three of these characters are also different from the people on the ranch, and have qualities that set them apart. George and Lennie have each other and a dream that’s bigger than themselves, while Tularecito has a separate home with his gnomes, and does not feel accepted or belonging at the ranch. Both works are concluded with similar endings. Tularecito goes home to his gnomes, only to find that they’re nowhere to be seen and that he will continue to represent loneliness. The character does not find a revelation or resolution to his internal conflict.
One dreary landscape is described, saying, “For a moment the place was lifeless…”(Steinbeck, 4). A lifeless world is frightening and lonely, much like life was during the Great Depression. This is a greater metaphor for George and Lennie’s lives because it says their lives are bleak and lifeless. When George and Lennie arrive at the farm their living quarters are described as, “...a long, rectangular building. Inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted”(Steinbeck, 18).
Crooks’ dialogue shows us the effects of solitude as seen by Steinbeck. Not allowed in the bunkhouse, Crooks must live out in the barn alone, woeful and isolated. "They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I'm black... They say I stink (Steinbeck 68)." This quote suggests that although he will not acknowledge it, he desires to be with everybody else and to have people who understand him.
Candy illustrates the devastating effects of loneliness in a multiple of ways. For example, Candy being the old man he remains, he cannot take part in the activities or chores the rest of the ranchmen accomplish. Throughout the day while the ranchmen carry out their chores, Candy will stay in the bunkhouse and achieve nothing; this leads to Candy being lonely due to him being the only one in the bunkhouse during the day.
Mongo is stuck in a endless virtual reality which is called probes parentheses. Rodman Philbrick uses literary devices in his book to show mongo in a literate person who ruined himself and now running his society. Mongo the magnificent showed very little care for his home. Philbrick shows this by using the literary devices a mad jury, and stem of consequences. Uses imagery in the quote “The monkey Bohles don't just look like animals and act like animals they're become animals”.
First of all, Crooks is forced to live separate from the other men on the farm solely because he is a different race than his boss. He is treated like an animal and is forced to sleep in the stable. He has a collection of books which shows a grasp on humanity, but “[Crooks] had his apple box over his bunk, and in it a range of medicine bottles, both for himself and the horses”(66). This shows that even though Crooks is trying to hold onto his humanity, he is being forced to slip away from it. He has almost come to terms with being treated like an animal as a result of continuous emotional abuse.
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.
Loneliness is something no living thing wants, unfortunately for Crooks and Curley's wife they feel lonesome. Crooks is a black colored man, he is not allowed to go in the bunk house or around the house because he is a “negro”. He owns many objects that a bindlestiffs would obtain, he owns a copy of the california civil code for 1905, and books and magazines.In Chapter 4 John steinbeck exports Crooks in loneliness; Crooks clearly states he is lonely in chapter 4 by saying “ A guy goes nuts if he got nobody. Don't make a difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, he cried, I tell ya a guy gets lonely an’ he gets sick”(72-73).