How Is Loneliness Presented In Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men is a story of migrant farmers trying to make a stake in the Great Depression. One of the main emotions expressed during that time and throughout the novel was loneliness. Loneliness is a sadness caused by having no company, loneliness in the novel causes many characters to do things they wouldn’t usually do just to get some attention. In the novel Of Mice and Men many characters such as Lennie, Crooks, and Curley’s Wife express loneliness in different ways throughout the novel and is a big aspect of characters emotions in the novel.
Crooks is a stable buck and is verbally abused and treated poorly because he is black, he is not allowed to do certain things like go into the bunkhouse and talk with the other workers and is
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Curley’s wife is lonely because she is expected to stay in the house all day and not talk to anyone, when she leaves the house and tries to talk to the workers they do not want to get in trouble so they do not talk to her. She has Curley to talk to but they never really talk because Curley is stubborn and only talks about fighting and beating people up, she also doesn’t really like Curley she just married him because her mom didn’t let her become a dancer. She often thinks about that and regrets it. When Candy confronts her and tells her to leave them alone and go talk to her husband she says this about Curley ”Spends all his time sayin’ what he’s gonna do to guys he don’t like, and he don’t like nobody” (Steinbeck 78). This explains how Curley’s wife feels about her husband, the one person she can talk to and be around. This also explains why she tries to talk to the workers and hang around the bunkhouse, because she is very lonely and has no one to talk to besides stubborn Curley. A fatal consequence of her hanging around the bunkhouse to get attention is Lennie accidentally kills her trying to feel her hair which she tells him to

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