Great Depression Loneliness

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The Loneliness of The Great Depression “Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being without anybody to care for or somebody who care for me.” ---Anne Hathaway. Of Mice and Men three types of loneliness: when someone keeps you from others, when you don’t have anybody to talk to or understand you, and when you don’t have anyone close to you. Loneliness can keep people from being happy and successful in life. Candy is the Old Swamper with only one hand and an old dog, that they shoot. Candy is talking to George in the bunkhouse. “‘You seen what they done to my dog tonight? They says he wasn’t no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody’d shoot me”’(60). …show more content…
Lennie and Candy are in Crook’s room talking with him. “‘Guys don’t come into a colored man’s room very much”’(75). Crooks doesn’t have company very often because of his race. Lennie is talking to Crooks in his room. “‘A guy needs somebody to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody”’(72). Crooks is saying he needs friends to talk to and to be around, but he has nobody. Crooks suffers from the kind of loneliness when he can’t talk to much people because of his race because back then people were very racist. Curley’s wife is lonely and has no friends because of her husband. Lennie is talking to Curley’s wife in the barn. “‘Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely”’(86). Curley’s wife is frustrated she can’t talk to anyone. Lennie and Curley’s wife are talking in the barn. “‘Think I don’t like to talk to somebody every once in awhile”’(70). Curley’s wife wishes she could talk to somebody besides Curley. Curley’s wife suffers from the type of loneliness when someone stops you from talking to people. In conclusion, John Steinbeck makes the theme of loneliness prevalent throughout the novella, Of Mice and Men. Loneliness was common in the Great Depression, many people only cared about themselves. Many people weren’t productive when they were lonely and depressed. Many people were alone back then and many are still alone

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