Isolation And Broken Dreams : Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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Of Isolation and Broken Dreams

Alienation has a lasting impact on the life of a human and can change the way one thinks, acts, and speaks. Authors convey loneliness through distinct commentary and dialogue that provide the reader with a greater understanding of the characters’ solitude. Many of the personalities on the ranch have been alone their entire life and have developed an overwhelming sense of solitude. They can no longer remember a time before their struggles. In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck demonstrates the motif of loneliness through Candy’s loss, Crooks’ isolation, and Curley’s wife’s femininity. Candy is the old swamper that suffers from feelings of isolation which are due to the fact that he has lived on the ranch for countless years, but has not made any human connections. Candy wants a secure future filled with companionship and familiarity because he worries that he will be fired soon, and have nowhere to go. His premonition is probable due to the fact that he has no relatives or friends (59). He battles this inner turmoil by constantly searching for companionship, which he finds in his dog. He says, ‘“I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup”’ (44). The dog gave Curley a feeling of belonging and reassurance that he could make it on the farm. Candy therefore becomes distressed at the thought of losing his one companion when Carlson suggests that they shoot it (47). The known consequence of this action is solitude, but he gives in after…

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