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The Theme Of Loneliness In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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"The problem is not the persons disability..the problem is societys view of the persons abilities." In the novel Steinbeck expresses in the formation of the character candy a variety of aspects that contribute to the overall theme of loneliness. On page 59 of Steinbecks novel it states" candy looked helplessly at him , for slims opinions were law."maybe it'd hurt him,"he suggested."i don't mind takin' care of him." Durring this conversation in the bunker they are considering about killing Candy's Dog which is Candy's only friend on the ranch yet we can sense some symbolism between the two possibly because candy sees his dog as a representation of himself being old and useless because of his stub of an arm so when carlson shoots his dog it destroy candy ultimately on the inside because he is alone again. The second example is on page 80 "you seen what they done to my dog tonight? …show more content…

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  • Analyzes how steinbeck expresses in the formation of the character candy a variety of aspects that contribute to the overall theme of loneliness.

When they can me here i wisht somebody'd shoot me. But they won't do nothing like that .I won't have no place to go, an' I can't get no more jobs." Which shows that the world treats old men just as badly as they treat old dogs. Candy even says in this quote that he'd rather somebody shoot him than have to suffer in loneliness and isolation because of his old age. The last example is when he states in the beginning "I got hurt four years ago,"Candy said,"they'll can me purty soon. Jus' as soon as I can't swamp out no bunkhouses they'll put me on the county." (Steinbeck 60)In this quotewe can interpret that candys disability seperates him greatly from the other ranch men since his job mostly relies on physical strength so in the end we see that candys tragic life ties in with the thought of loneliness greatly due to his handicapped hand ,death of his only friend(dog) ,and his old

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