The Importance Of Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

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The empty emotion of loneliness has crept up on people at least once in their lifetime. To avoid this, people, especially teens, use social media as a way to prevent feeling lonely. Without distractions of social media and friends, people find themselves with an excluded, isolated feeling. Loneliness does not just express itself now, Steinbeck uses the feeling when writing to describe the characters as well. The absence of these distractions causes men on the ranch to find themselves feeling this very way. In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses Carlson, Crooks, and Curley to prove the act of cruelty is derived from loneliness.

The words and actions of Carlson prove the act of cruelty comes from loneliness. Carlson portrays himself as a cold,
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On the receiving end of most of the cruelty, Crooks had been quick to behave the way the men on the ranch treated him. His bitterness, resulting from his loneliness, had been expressed prominently toward Lennie. On page 68 Lennie curiously walks into the doorway of Crooks’ room. Crooks coldly barks, “You got no right to come in my room. This here’s my room. Nobody got any right in here but me.” His abrupt remarks and sharp attitude expose his cruel qualities. At one point, Crooks had even tortured Lennie for his own enjoyment. He teased by making up scenarios which included the idea of George leaving Lennie. Seeing Lennie get worked up had been fun for Crooks. Getting a kick out of other people's pain truly explains how cruel Crooks acts. The main root of Crooks’ loneliness is his isolation and his lack of friends. Because Crooks is a man of different skin color, no one on the farm respects him as a human being. His inability to deal with the gracious actions Lennie provides came from the absence of trust. Crooks being so isolated, pushes him into a world of loneliness, eventually leading to his callous, cruel behavior. He said so himself, “I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick” (73). Not only did Carlson and Crooks manifest their loneliness through cruelty, Curley had an apparent way of expressing his as

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