A Comparison Of People In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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I had the most beautiful sister. She was not only my sister, but my best friend. We sang together, laughed together and kept each other well for quite some time. My sister suffered from severe cerebral palsy and lacked cognitive awareness, but that never changed our love. One day she woke up with a fatal fever. A few weeks later, after witnessing the slow processes of death, I had to grant her my blessing to go. The next morning held the last goodbye. Shock had taken over and my life, feeling like it had just been turned upside down, repeatedly. No longer with a sister, a best friend, I adopted unhappy and unhealthy behaviors such as daily pity parties for myself and the questioning of my life’s purpose and meaning. People need people. In John …show more content…
Curley’s wife, who is trapped in an unhappy marriage on the farm, turns to flirtatious encounters with other males simply for relation. Curley’s wife says, “‘Think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever’ once in a while? Think I like to stick in that house alla time?’” (Steinbeck 77). They both spend most their time pretending to look for the other. Without regular interaction between Curely’s wife and her new husband, she seeks the attention all the others around her. This unhealthy behavior threatens her marriage and the trust of Curley. Her relationship is so unstable that she still finds herself lonely. Already, Curley’s wife has begun her life of permanent isolation, which naturally leads her to these unhealthy behaviors. Despite his understood permanence, Candy, a disabled elder, turns to unhealthy behaviors as a result of no relations. During the debate deciding whether Candy’s dog should live or not, Carlson, a skinner on the ranch, complained of the horrendous stench the dog gives. Candy (only friend)replies, “‘I been around him so much I never notice how he stinks’” (Steinbeck 44). The stench of his dog, the distance he has with others and the view the men have of him--these are all things that, even with such time at the ranch, go unnoticed by Candy. After his loss, Candy essentially finds himself very lonely at the ranch, yearning for the company of other people. Candy loses hold of all the intentions he had and the hope of completing his dreams. Such behaviors are unhealthy for him, and lead him to more unhappiness. At the end of the novel, George loses both Lennie and his dream, thus, turning him to many unhealthy behaviors. George sat with Lennie during his last few minutes reiterating their lengthy dream, but “[h]is voice was monotonous, had no emphasis” (Steinbeck 103). George was beginning to lose life and its purpose by taking the life of his friend. George has a rare relationship with Lennie who made

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