Pain And Loneliness In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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Throughout the world, there are extreme amounts of pain and loneliness. From children who have no family, to truck drivers who are away from their families for long amounts of time. In the novela Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, he captures the lonely soul through the use of many characters. This novela is the story about how two friends, Lennie and George, travel around finding odd jobs until they stumble upon a ranch. There they meet many characters that prove detrimental to George and Lennie’s plans of buying a farm and living “off the fat of the land”. Steinbeck gives the most pain and sorrow to Crooks, the black man, Curley’s wife, the forgotten wife of the boss’s son, and Candy, who becomes depressed after his dog is killed. Of Mice …show more content…
Curley is a short and cruel man who has a beautiful but tramp wife. From the beginning she looks for affection from any man who will give it to her. “ ‘ Thinks Slim’s with his wife, don 't he?” Said George” (54). From George pointing out that Slim may be having an affair, it shows how lonely and sad she must truly have to be for people to even believe she would do this. Towards the end of the novela, she finally tells someone why she is the way she is. She was hurt, and no matter what, she cannot be healed. “ ‘ Well, I ain 't told this to nobody before. Maybe I ought’n to. I don’ like Curley. He ain 't a nice fella’ ”(89). This shows how desperate she is to have any form of human interaction no matter what the cost may be. In this case it is he self worth. Curley being the mean man he is has put her down so many times that now she believes she 's worth nothing more. Steinbeck uses Curley’s wife as a way to show what years and loneliness can lead to. It can lead to pain, a love-less life, and most of all, searching for happiness and attention wherever a person can find it. Of Mice and Men was clearly centralized around the idea of loneliness most clearly shown through the use of Crooks, Candy, and Curley’s wife. In a book about the Great Depression, many people were not happy and Steinbeck capitalized on the fact that many felt hopeless and lonely. Traveling around having no constant and simply working. The next time you believe your life to be bad, just remember, at least you aren 't living during the Great

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