Loneliness And Isolation In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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Loneliness and Isolation
“Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.” (Anne Hathaway) In the story Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck in the 1930’s, the book is about what life was like back then working on a ranch during the Great Depression. The story shows what it was like to be lonely/isolated from the rest of the world. Since it was during the Great Depression and that they were on a ranch, everyone was lonely in some type of way, besides George and Lennie but in the end of the story, George becomes lonely as do Candy and Curley. In this essay about loneliness and isolation there will be many reasons to
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Now, Candy wasn’t lonely until Charlson shot his dog that he had for many years, they all thought the dog was useless and that it smelled terrible, so they insisted to let them shoot his dog. Even though he met George and Lennie, he is still quite lonely and ever since his dog got shot, he wasn’t ever the same. “You seen what the 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. But they won’t do nothing like that. I won’t have no place to go, an’ I can’t get no more jobs” (Steinbeck 60). In this part of the story, Candy was asking George and Lennie if he could live with them when they were talking about getting their own place, Candy mentioned that since he was getting older in age and that he only has one hand, he knew he wouldn’t be able to get another job later on in the future, he even offered to pitch in with the pay; he knew that the other men on the ranch wouldn’t just shoot him just like they would his dog. Since Candy only has one hand and his other one is no longer on his arm, he can’t do much around the farm so he just stays and feeds the chickens or whatever simple job there is to do that he can do with only one …show more content…
However now most ranchers are not as lonely, they do have a partner and a few friends that aren’t ranchers as well. The era the books was written was during the Great Depression, so basically not a whole lot of people got together a whole lot during this time, they had things to do to stay on their feet, they weren’t just gonna let it go, so that came to people becoming lonely and isolated. In this story it clearly states how far the ranch is from town so that is the isolation part and the loneliness that is also described is all the characters; the author only claims how lonely certain characters can get and he left other characters alone as in he didn’t describe them enough for you to get a picture of how lonely they

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