Another victim of discrimination in Of Mice and Men is Cur... ... middle of paper ... ...as beaten, used as punching bag for the boss. His coworkers alienated him and thought less of him due to his hunchback and race. Curley’s wife was neglected by almost everyone, and was treated poorly by Curley. She wore reveling clothing, so many men called her names like “slut” or “flu flu.” She always felt lonely and distant from the rest. Lennie Small had a mental disability and couldn’t comprehend or remember things like an average person should been able to.
Racial Prejudice is what’s presented by the others on the ranch towards the only African American man on the ranch. They would call his crucial names, bad mouth him and some would even threated him, giving him the fear of losing his job. Crooks was isolated from all the other workers, he had his own room of to the side, not allowing anyone to be in his room, because he preferred being isolated. At this portion of the story the reader is able to begin making a connection between Lennie and Crooks, even though the discrimination is shown more frequently toward Crooks because his skin is a different color, they both feel unwanted at the ranch, they both want to leave. Crook allows Lennie to come into his room one night just for alittle while all the other men were out, they sat and talked for alittle, until Curleys wife grows nosey and comes to the door to see what they are talking about.
The other two characters in the novel that are apart of the overall theme of loneliness are crooks the crippled stable buck and Curley's wife the flirtatious city girl. Crook's fits in to the loneliness theme because he is black. During this time in history, there was very little racial empathy. So being black means that he is isolated from everyone else at the ranch. Speaking of isolation, curley's wife feels very isolated because her husband, Curley, doesn't trust her at all, however, because Curley is so strict and concerned about her flirting with other guys it almost fuels her desire to cause trouble.
Crooks, being the only black man on the ranch, got the most discrimination. Since it was the 1930’s, blacks were still considered to be inadequate and not as intelligent as the whites. Many bias thoughts were directed towards Crooks. Crooks was the stable man at the ranch. He worked, slept, and lived in the stable because the other men would not let him in their bunkhouse.
The effects of loneliness on people are displayed in the novel Of Mice and Men through the character of Curley's Wife. As stated, when people feel lonely their actions and way of life are affected. In the plot they show that if it wasn't for Curley's Wife's loneliness she may not have died the way she did. Because she is so lonely she goes to the other men in the bunkhouse for company. When all of the men refuse to spend time with her because of the reaction Curley has on this, she goes to the one person on the ranch that she knows will talk to her, the mentally retarded man, Lennie.
I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick" (pg. 's 72-73) Even if nobody treated him like an outcast, or in other words called him a nigger and pushed him around, he had to feel like one. The above quote explains what Crooks felt loneliness could do to a man. The other men on the ranch also treat Curley's wife, who is never given a name, poorly. She is always looking for attention and flirting with them, and this turns them off immensely.
The characters of Crooks, Curley’s wife and the disabled ranch hand Candy, each portray a sense of isolation and loneliness because each is uniquely different from the other characters living on the ranch. By focusing on discrimination due to race, Steinbeck formed the character of Crooks as one of the loneliest characters on the ranch. Because Crooks was black, many people on the ranch considered him to be a “nigger” and therefore, only good enough to work on the ranch as a stable buck. In addition, the deformity of Crooks’ back does not allow him to work alongside the other workers in the fields, thereby starving him of an opportunity for human contact. Bitter from all of the year... ... middle of paper ... ...eorge’s “American Dream” sensing that it was too good to be true.
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.
This also shows how protective Curley seems to be as he is always checking up on where his wife is. Curley’s insecurity seems to cage in his wife from having any kind of a friendship with any other men. In turn, the wife gets so sick of being isolated like this and relieves her loneliness by conducting secret conversations with many other men on the ranch. As a result many of the ranch hands see her as a tramp but it can be viewed that all she really wants is a person to talk to. Crooks also feels a great deal of loneliness, as he is an outcast on the ranch.
Curley’s wife is the only woman who is revealed to be living on the ranch. She has no one who wants to talk to her, including Curley, who controls her every move. Curley’s wife’s gender and marriage with Curley isolates her from the other people on the ranch, and she takes out her frustration from this loneliness on Crooks. Curley’s wife is depicted in a very feminine way with “full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made-up” to distinguish her from everyone else on the ranch. However, this appearance is incongruous with her true emotions and is an attempt to mask her loneliness.