Not only is it the way that others think of him but also the way he thinks of himself that forces him to find solitude. The most evident case of loneliness is Curley’s wife. No matter how hard she tried she couldn’t fit in. For example, when she tried numerous times to talk to George and Lenny she was either ignored or told to leave. Because of her reputation for being a flirt none of the farmhands wanted to talk to her.
That's why George and Lennies situation is unique because it was rare to see two guys travelling around together. Loneliness is shown in various ways in this novel through poverty (George and Lennie), race (crooks), Gender (Curleys wife) and age (Candy). The poverty during the great depression(the time when this novel is based) has made people selfish. This is what makes George and Lennies relationship unusual for the time. Slim says to point out why this is odd 'Aint many guys travel around togetherâ€¦maybe the whole damn world is scared of each other'.
This loneliness due to isolation and intolerance is found in the characters of Candy, because he is old and useless; Crooks, because he is black and crippled; and Curley's wife, because she is a beautiful woman and the only girl on and all guy ranch. The first character which has the theme of loneliness wrapped around him is Candy. Candy is an old man who is missing his right hand. According to his description in the play, Candy is "A stoop-shouldered old man, dressing in blue jeans and a denim coat...his right hand is gone at the wrist" (p. 4). His handicap happened on the farm "[Candy] lost [his] hand right here on the ranch.
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.
One example of Steinbeck portraying loneliness in this novel is the characters and how they feel in the position that they are in. For example, Candy is a victim of loneliness as a result of two factors, one being his disability and the other being his age. But most importantly, he experiences loneliness the most after Carlson shoots his dog. An example to support this evidence would be; “while the farmhands are out bucking the barley, Candy is left behind to sweep and clean the ranch. Also, he lost his hand after getting it caught in a piece of machinery, and because of this, is forced to stay behind.
John Steinbeck's Compassion for the Loneliness and Isolation Suffered by Ordinary People in Of Mice and Men The Great Depression was the worst and longest economic collapse in the history of the modern industrial world, lasting from the end of 1929 until the early 1940's. The Depression was caused by a number of serious weaknesses in the U.S. economy. The lingering effects of World War 1 caused economic problems in many countries, as Europe struggled to pay war debts and reparations. These problems contributed to the crisis that began the Great Depression. The unstable economy and the uneven distribution of wealth led the American economy to collapse.
Readers come across many times in the book where the men on the ranch call Crooks “nigger”. This shows he is inferior to white people and not respected. Even Curley’s wife blackmails him because he is black when he told her to get out of his room. Being the only black man on the ranch, Crooks is discriminated because on his skin color. He doesn’t like the way people treat him, yet he is so hopeless because he knows he can’t do anything about it.
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.
These two men are forced to leave their previous ... ... middle of paper ... ...ing him off from the rest of the ranch workers and Curley's wife shows that she has no attention and is lonely because she goes round the men looking for attention off them. Coincidentally, two of the lonely figures, Lennie and Curley's wife, end up dead, and it is the loneliness that's brings them together in the barn. Over all I think Steinbeck is successful in his portrayal of loneliness, loyalty and friendship and the hostile economic environment throughout the novel. He uses different aspects of the characters lives to indicate that for this reason they are treated differently. Steinbeck writes well and we sympathise with certain characters at different parts in the story.
A guy needs somebody ------to be near him. He whined, a guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody.”(Page, 72) This quote in this book is talking about how anyone needs a person to... ... middle of paper ... ...talking about how Curly’s wife hates to stay in the house all day and doing nothing. Her behavior of being disappointed is getting really flirtatious to other guys but she also gets that way because her husband doesn’t really talk to her nor does nothing with her so she gets lonely without him. I think that Curly’s wife and Curly shouldn’t have got married because they don’t like each other and they can’t stand each other. The book “Of Mice and Men” is important because it teaches people how hard lives are when they are disappointed are they are lonely and it also teaches people how hard it is living in the great depression was.