Of Mice And Men Lonely Essay

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People sometimes think they are lonely because they might not have a relationship but sometimes the loneliest people are the ones who lived during the depression of the 1930. The loneliest men in Of Mice and Men, Candy, Lennie, and Curley’s wife for various reasons different from one another. The novel, “Of Mice and Men” is about a pair, George and Lennie, who travel around as farm workers trying to make enough money to buy their own ranch. Lennie must travel with George because he is autistic so he suffers when it comes to communicating, so George must watch over him, keeping him out of trouble. At the new ranch they meet an old man Candy, who is one the loneliest people, he lost his hand in a machine accident and is running out of time. The …show more content…
Due to the fact that Lennie has autism, he cannot communicate well with others making him a lonely person trapped in his own mind. This is how Lennie has lived his whole life, George thankfully takes care of him and communicates for him but that does not keep Lennie from becoming lonely. When George gets upset with Lennie, he responds with, "If you don ' want me I can g off in the hills an ' find a cave. I can go away any time." (1.104). It is examined here that Lennie is aware that he is lonely but unlike any other of the characters in the story, he is not afraid of being lonely. The idea of being lonely is feared by all the other characters and they do what they can to not be lonely, but Lennie has the mind of a 7 year old and does not quite understand loneliness. When Lennie and George first arrive at the ranch, the owner questions them and one of them was, "Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy. I just like to know what your interest is" (Steinbeck45-47). Here, George is questioned of why he constantly answers for Lennie. Of course George speaks for Lennie so he doesn’t say anything stupid. This is an example of how Lennie is unable to speak for himself to anyone disabling him from making friends, small talk, and events. Considering all of these results it is a reason why Soledad is related heavily with this story since Lennie is one of the loneliest characters in the story, “Of Mice and …show more content…
Curley’s wife is undeniably one of the loneliest characters in the story, “Of Men and Mice”. She is known as the flirt around the ranch considering she flirts with all the ranch hands. Most people call her a whore for flirting with all the men but that’s not actually her intentions. Considering she is the only girl at the ranch and Curley is intensively possessive it is most likely she is just lonely. When the boys went out on the town, Curley’s wife gets upset that she can’t and yells at George, “Ever 'body out doin ' som 'pin '. Ever 'body! An ' what am I doin '? Standin ' here talkin ' to a bunch of bindle stiffs—a nigger an ' a dum-dum and a lousy ol ' sheep—an ' likin ' it because they ain 't nobody else." (4.102-103). Curley’s wife is a women and during this time women where still going by the cult of domesticity so she was to stay home and be a housewife. While everyone goes out, she stays home and does chores making he extremely bored and lonely. This is one of the reasons of why Curley’s wife flirts with many of the men, to get the attention that Curley cannot give her. Another thing that she says to George the same night is, "They left all the weak ones here," (4.92). This reveals that she feels as if no one needs her, that she is useless. Curley’s wife will also never be able to talk one on one with another girl since so not only is she left behind but

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