How Is Isolation And Isolation In Of Mice And Men

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Have you ever felt lonely? How is it that people all around the world can feel isolated even when they are surrounded by others? Isolation may come from the lack of similarity between groups, or from a complete absence of others. In the novel Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck, both Curley’s wife, and Crooks have been isolated from the other workers in the ranch. However, not from the absence of others, but the lack of connection between these people that keeps them apart. The two characters were isolated from the other rancher hands because of their lack of similarity between them. Curley’s wife has been isolated from the other workers at the ranch because of their deficit in similarity; the author establishes that Curley’s wife is …show more content…
They both in a way isolate themselves from others without even knowing, so it is not just a one-way street. It is because they are desperate that they further abandon the group, thinking that they are swimming closer to shore. Curley’s wife had manipulated other people for her own gain. Crooks on the other hand, had also manipulated others. Crooks, just like Curley’s wife, had manipulated others for their benefit. Crooks also puts himself down, while talking to Lennie in the barn Crooks implies that he isn’t good enough. “This is just a nigger talkin’, an’ a busted-back nigger. So it don’t mean nothing, see?...It don’t make no difference, no difference.”(Steinbeck 71) The quote exemplifies the fact that Crooks has low self esteem, just by the way he talks to Lennie about his situation. It is clear that the twain has many similarities among themselves.
` The lack of connection between people is what separates the most people from their desired pack. Again, people who have been isolated, isolate themselves without even knowing it. Everyone needs attention at one time or another, they may ask for too much of it( Curley’s wife) or ask to little of it( Crooks.) They may put themselves down now and then, but it is their ability to recover that defines them for the person they are and will become. History repeats itself, if you know anyone who might feel separated from others please share with them what you learned
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The author describes Curley’s wife to be a mean and seductive temptress. However, she is only trying to gain attention by making her husband Curley jealous. While explaining her complaints and dreams in the barn, Curley’s wife adds “‘ Wha’s the matter with me...Ain’t I got a right to talk to nobody? Whatta they think I am, anyways? You’re a nice guy. I don’t know why I can’t talk to you. I ain’t doin’ no harm to you.’” (Steinbeck 87-88). This quote reveals her innocence, therefore she doesn’t understand her isolation from the other people on the ranch. Although it may be her fault for acting that way, people at the ranch should at least tell her why she is being considered an outsider. Similarly, Crooks another ranch hand has also been experiencing the same type of isolation such of Curley’s

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