Essay Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

1446 Words Oct 20th, 2014 6 Pages
All human beings exhibit moments of loneliness in life, but one’s inability to move onward from the sad, empty, feeling causes certain individuals to often experience long-term isolation and seclusion. Measuring the loneliness of a living being is rather difficult at times, because some over exaggerate the way they feel while others keep all their powerful feelings trapped inside a sea of bottled emotions. However, through inference, it is possible to see past the veneer that coats an individual, and see what is inside his or her heart. In the tragic novella, Of Mice and Men, author John Steinbeck heavily dabbles with concepts of loneliness, using the characters in his story to transmit his thoughts to the reader. In the book, George and Lennie, who are migrant farm laborers, travel to a new farm to work at, and during their time at the ranch, they uncover many individuals who exhibit feelings of alienation. While many characters in John Steinbeck’s novella are lonely, three of the characters that best express the trauma and emptiness of loneliness include Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife. Of the three characters in the story that truly show the definition of loneliness, the first character to display this trait is Candy, who is one of the workers that live at the ranch. When Candy is first introduced, John Steinbeck describes him by saying, “The door opened and a tall, stoop-shouldered old man came in…. He pointed with his right arm, and out of the sleeve came a round…

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