Curley's Wifes Loneliness

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Loneliness connects all characters in Of Mice and Men. Although loneliness isn't an actual character, it plays a huge role. All of the book’s characters are in fact lonely, maybe except for George and Lennie. We know from the start of the book that George and Lennie traveling around together is rare, because no one really had anyone to depend on. Steinbeck uses loneliness to connect the characters so maybe they all aren't really alone. A few characters deal with their loneliness by searching for a companionship with other characters. It isn't an always successful outcome. All characters struggle with loneliness because of the characteristics they cant control.
To start, Crooks seems to be the one who is most lonely. This is mainly because
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Throughout the story she tries to use her beauty as a way to talk to the guys on the ranch. When Curley's wife is introduced, everyone talks about her not being loyal and how she is always sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. Curley threatens the other guys on the ranch to not communicate with his wife. This causes her to become more isolated. We sense that Curley's wife isn't important because she isn't given a name and is only referred to as ‘Curley's Wife’ throughout the passage. We can interpret that she is lonely. She craves attention. She is always coming to the ranch to “look” for Curley but is really trying to hold a conversation with someone. Throughout the story this happens repeatedly. Curley's wife looks for people on the ranch that would give her the attention she want. She lacks consideration from other characters, mainly because she is ill-mannered. She tried to find conversation with Lennie. Towards the end of Of Mice and Men, Curley's wife finds Lennie in the bunk where he is trying to hide the pup that he killed, by accident. She engages in a conversation with Lennie, he tries to avoid it because George told him not to talk to her. When Curley wife starts talking to Lennie, she is trying to make him ‘man up’ instead of always listening to what George says. (Steinbeck 90-91). As she is talking to Lennie she says that she is …show more content…
He only ever had the pup that he lets Carlson kills. Candy feels bad that he didn't do it himself. “The old man [Candy] squirmed uncomfortably. "Well-hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup. I herded sheep with him." He said proudly, "You wouldn't think it to look at him now, but he was the best damn sheep dog I ever seen.” (Steinbeck, 62). He was so attached to the dog and at first didn't agree to Carlson killing it. Candy says how he feels that he should have killed his pup rather than Carlson doing it, this helps George decide that he has to kill Lennie. Candy lost his hand and is unable to work with the other men. When he does find out about their dream he adds himself in, as if he sees a way to cure his loneliness. Although Candy knows that killing Lennie would mean they wouldn't get to achieve the dream after

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