In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck looks at the theme of loneliness as it affects many characters on the ranch. Crooks, Curley's wife, and Candy are the most excluded characters on the ranch, because they all have dreams that they will not be able to live out and they all are at loss when it came to companionship. Crooks is lonely because he is the only black man on the ranch. Since this book is set during the Depression, Jim Crow laws are still in effect, whites and blacks had separate facilities for socializing and living. Crooks comments that he can't live in the bunkhouse, and cant even play cards in there.
They discriminated against him by forcing Crooks to live in a tiny shed across from their bunkhouse. Since Crooks was isolated because he was black, this led to him feeling very lonely. “‘S’pose you didn't have ... ... middle of paper ... ...vel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the author clearly shows how men treat each other unfairly through three of the story’s characters. Each character represented discrimination in a different way: through racism, sexism, and ageism. Crooks was excluded from activities because he was black, Candy was thought of as useless because he was old, and Curley’s wife was seen as a troublemaker because she was a woman.
Were the others racist toward Crooks? Not necessarily, they just didn't allow him to hang out in the bunkhouse with them. At one point in the novel, Crooks talks of how lonely he gets, and how a man goes insane without anyone to talk with. He says this to Lennie: ""S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy 'cause you was black.
“This is just a nigger talkin’, an’ a busted-back nigger. So it don’t mean nothing, see?” (71). People make him feel as if there is something amiss with him because of his color. He is forced to live by himself out in the stable away from all humanity on the ranch. He tries to make himself feel supercilious by telling Lennie he shouldn’t be allowed in his home if he’s not allowed in theirs.
S’pose you couldn’t go into the bunk house and play rummy ‘cause you was black. How’d you like that?”(68). Crooks feels that he doesn’t have nobody so he is explaining how he has things for his life and wishes he could have somebody who cared about him in his life. No body in the book really cares for Crooks because he is different so everyone is in the bunk house except for him playing rummy while he is sitting inside his room all by himself. To let the reader know how Crooks fells Steinbeck uses characterization to show how Crooks thinks and feels.
The different types described are Isolation which means that you are kept separate from others because you have an illness just like being in quarantine. Solitude is another type of loneliness which means a state of being away from everyone else. Abandonment is a type of loneliness where everyone has left you behind. Then characters that are lonely in the novel “Of Mice and Men” are Candy, Crooks and Curley’s wife. Candy is lonely because he is old and Carlson shot his dog.
Loneliness has made Crook's a very bitter and isolated individual. Other than when they are working, the other men shut Crooks out off all of their activities except the horseshoe games. Crooks is very isolated and not welcome in leisure activities. Crooks’ emotions are displayed to the reader when he talks to Lennie in his room about having no one to relate to and communicate with. He says: "Maybe you can see now.
The world in the 1930’s was a very uncaring place. Due to the depression, many families were split up, so loneliness was running ramped. Ranch hands were thought of as the loneliest people in the world “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world” (page 15). Loneliness wasn’t the only kind of sadness and suffering that was endured by the workers. Lost dreams, discrimination and being disabled were only some of the problems faced.
Because of her reputation for being a flirt none of the farmhands wanted to talk to her. It was the threat of getting in trouble with Curley that caused many workers to avoid her. In addition, because of Curley’s insecure feelings he neglected her and forced her to seek attention anyway she could, even it meant flirting. She was ignored by both the farmhands and her own husband and because of this she was being forced into loneliness, the one thing she fought so hard against. Crooks is a black man that experiences isolation in terms of racism.
He is treated unfairly and therefore acts the same way toward the white people (the ones who offended him.) Nobody likes to be forced to live in a barn, let alone to work only with the horses. Crooks spent most of his nights reading and he keeps away from others because of the way he is treated and this eventually leads to his very own emotional downfall. He is treated as an outcast and is forced to find friendship the only way he can, through the books that he reads. Crooks is fascinated by the strength of the friendship of Lennie and George, especially how close they are.