Theme Of Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

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Loneliness can destroy human emotions leaving the person, “sick”(Steinbeck 73). During the Great Depression, migrant workers moved around the country looking for jobs. After the stock market crash of 1929, many of these migrant workers moved from farm to farm alone. The theme of loneliness is revealed in the novella Of Mice and Men through the isolation felt by Candy, Crooks, and Lennie. “All men are created equal.” But they are not treated as so. In chapter three, an older migrant worker called Candy explains to George how he lost his hand on the ranch and was compensated with a “swampin” job and 250 dollars. Because of Candy’s older age, readers can infer that he has outlived many of his friends and family members; consequently, Candy …show more content…
Differences in skin color and physical ability cause Crooks to be treated with less respect and fewer rights than the other men. As a child, Crooks lived on a farm, just like many others, and played with all the other kids without a thought. “The white kids came to play...an’ sometimes I went to play with them. My ol’ man didn’t like that. I never knew till long later why…” (70). The young children didn't have opinions, therefore Crooks was able to play freely but his father knew what pain the future would hold for Crooks. Discrimination also comes from Crooks’, “crooked” back. Candy was describing Crooks to Lennie and talked about a fight between Crooks and Smitty: “On account of the n*****’s got a crooked back, Smitty can’t use his feet” (20). While they are making the fight fair, they are implying that Crooks is weak and needs help to survive. On top of all of this, Crooks is forced to live in the barn. “I ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse...they say I stink” (68). Because Crooks is black, he is told he stinks, and forced to live with the animals. Crooks is lonely because he is treated differently than the other men. He is respected as if he was a dog being forced to live outside. This isolation causes his …show more content…
Although Lennie is big like a “bear”, he is constantly being treated as lesser than the other farm workers. The readers know that Lennie is not as smart as the others, and probably suffers from a mental disorder. Because of his mental slowness, Lennie often feels lonely and finds it difficult to express his feelings to others. Lennie’s lack of control, can be attributed to his lack of intelligence and child-like mentality. George learns from past occurrences, and leaves Lennie at the ranch: “‘Ever’body went into town,’ he said. ‘Slim an’ George an’ ever’body. George says I gotta stay here an’ not get in no trouble…’” (68). George’s actions portray to the readers that George doesn’t completely trust Lennie, and believes that he will find a way to get into trouble if he goes out in public, so when George and the guys go into town, Lennie must stay behind. No one connects with Lennie besides George, so Lennie finds it difficult to express his feelings. “He went directly to his bunk and lay down and turned his face to the wall and drew up his knees” (42). Lennie’s actions show that he is unfamiliar with talking to others in normal conversation. Despite his strength, Lennie is ordered around and picked on because he is not smart enough to stand up for himself. When Curley picks a fight with Lennie, “He [Lennie] backed until he was against the wall, and Curley followed, slugging him in the

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