Loneliness Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck Essay

1008 Words May 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Loneliness in Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men is a novella written by John Steinbeck, and published in 1937. He illustrates loneliness in the nineteen-thirties and shows how driven people can be to find companionship. The setting of the ranch is right outside the town “Soledad” is Steinbeck subtly adding to the theme of loneliness, because “Soledad” is the Spanish translation of loneliness. Steinbeck makes it clear that everyone on the ranch is suffering from loneliness, while demonstrating that minorities, women and people surrounding the mentally ill are lonelier than the others. Crooks is one of the loneliest characters in the text. He’s shunned by the society that is the ranch because of race. He is left out of all the social activities and is forced to work alone. The only time someone speaks to him is when they are making snide remarks, thus never having the opportunity for intellectually stimulating conversations. He turns to books to fill the void that the lack of socializing has left behind yet he knows that it is not enough. “Books ain’t no good. A guy needs somebody to be near him,” (Steinbeck 72). Crooks made it seem as though he wanted Lennie to leave his room, yet being so desperate for conversation, he lets him stay. Crooks endured years of racism thus is cautious any time someone speaks to him because he knows that there are ulterior motives. Steinbeck demonstrated this by describing how Crooks was invited to join the men for a Christmas celebration,…

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