Theme Of Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

Good Essays
In Of Mice and Men, loneliness is a prominent theme that shows itself in many instances while reading the book. It seems that nearly every character has it in some way, shape, or form, but they don’t all show it in the same manner. Being lonely can cause tragedies to occur similar Curley’s Wife’s, or it can create a cloud over someone, causing their ultimate end. A couple of characters that loneliness is very noticeable in is Curley’s wife and Crooks. They go about life being lonely, but they show it in different ways. George and Lennie show loneliness although it seems they do not since they have each other. There are many reasons that people become lonely including a lack of attention, no one to talk to, or being the only one of your kind. …show more content…
It seems that she is lonely because she does not have friends and she sits alone in her house all day. Imagine having nothing to do besides cooking and cleaning all day. Her personality worsens her loneliness also. Curley’s wife is an outgoing and energetic women, so when she is confined in a small house, she feels as if she needs to talk to people. What worsens the loneliness is that whoever she tries to talk to shoos her away. Whenever she feels lonely, she takes an adventure to the men’s bunkhouse to search for anyone that will talk to her. All of the men know that talking to her is not a good idea since she is the boss’s son’s wife. They will not talk to her because apparently “‘she got the eye’” (pg. 28). One day, she finds Lennie, alone, and tries to talk to him. He knows he should not be talking to him, but she insists. She states, “‘I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely’” (pg. 86). She is aware of her loneliness, finding anyone at all to carry a conversation …show more content…
Many of the characters in Of Mice and Men portray the character trait of loneliness, which ultimately causes their downfall. Curley’s wife is someone who tries everything she can to find a companion to talk to, but she is unsuccessful. Crooks is alone in the fact that he is the only one of his race living on the farm. Although it may not be obvious, George and Lennie display the theme of loneliness the most because they have no one that understands their situation. The theme of loneliness is universal; many have suffered from its

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    In John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, loneliness hinders in many of the characters such as Curley’s wife, Candy and Crooks. The first character that loneliness haunts is Curley’s wife. Curley’s wife is a woman who is a tramp. She is very rude and has the “eye” for other men. Curley never talks to his wife in addition she feels lonely.…

    • 731 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Another reason I say she is lonely is the fact that she is being ignored by everyone even her husband. Nobody wants to talk to her because she’s Curley’s wife. Like when George basically told Lennie never to talk to her or look her her way when they first got there. George said to Lennie “ ‘ Listen to me, you crazy bastard,’ “ “ ‘Don’t you even take a look at that bitch. I don’t care what she says and what she does.’ “ Curley don’t even talk to his wife or listen to her all he wants to talk about is fighting and stuff.…

    • 827 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    I get off of lonely….You can talk to people, but I can 't talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad. How do you like not to talk to anybody?” (86-87) Why Curley 's wife is so lonely is because she 's never around anybody besides Curley, but he doesn 't even pay attention to her and it makes her sad and depressed but also frustrated. All she ever wants to do is talk to people because she even says that she gets awful lonely, and someone shouldn’t get lonely when there 's tons of people around, that 's just sad. Next, Lennie and Curley 's wife were still in the barn but she was being too friendly, let him play with her hair, and she was shrieking so Lennie got scared and snapped her neck.…

    • 1242 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This would be because they live on a ranch full of men and because of the way Curley controls her and treats her as his property, she is not allowed to speak to anyone. She tries to combat this ongoing isolation by flirting with men and some of the ranch hands, but this just gets her labeled as a ‘loot’ or a slut and makes the men even more distant from her. She emphasizes, “‘You can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad. How’d you like not to talk to anybody’” (87) Curley’s wife feels this constant loneliness because she is kept away from interacting with any other men and since no other women live on the farm she has no one to talk to besides Curley.…

    • 1205 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Curley’s wife wishes she could talk to somebody besides Curley. Curley’s wife suffers from the type of loneliness when someone stops you from talking to people. In conclusion, John Steinbeck makes the theme of loneliness prevalent throughout the novella, Of Mice and Men. Loneliness was common in the Great Depression, many people only cared about themselves. Many people weren’t productive when they were lonely and depressed.…

    • 460 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely” (86). This illustrates how Curley’s wife feels lonely because of her lack of freedom to talk to anyone. The fact that she is restricted to talk to people also informs Steinbeck’s readers that her role as a woman does not give her equality compared to men. How this reveals the theme is that she cannot talk about her dreams and hopes with others, both because of her lack of freedom to talk to others and also because of her her current experience with gender discrimination as a woman, which causes her to be lonely.…

    • 1498 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This explains how Curley’s wife feels about her husband, the one person she can talk to and be around. This also explains why she tries to talk to the workers and hang around the bunkhouse, because she is very lonely and has no one to talk to besides stubborn Curley. A fatal consequence of her hanging around the bunkhouse to get attention is Lennie accidentally kills her trying to feel her hair which she tells him to…

    • 839 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This explains why he doesn’t allow anyone to talk to her or for her to talk to them. The workers on the ranch don’t like her because she’s a “tart”. They call her a “tart” because she comes in the bunkhouse looking for Curley constantly. But in reality she was just trying to find a friend to talk to so she could be less…

    • 863 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Loneliness In Mice And Men

    • 1480 Words
    • 6 Pages

    “Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I 'm most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me” (Hathaway). Loneliness is one of the main problems that affects all characters in the story of Mice and Men. The problem was a reality due to fact that the setting of the story takes place during the time of the great depression in California. Because of this, loneliness affects characters in of Mice and Men through Crooks being negative, Curley’s wife having a flirtatious characteristic, and Candy because he becomes miserable at the loss of his only friend but then determined when making new friends.…

    • 1480 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    In this quote Curley’s wife walks into the room wanting to talk to someone, but all the men are afraid they will get in trouble if they talk to her. The men are afraid that if they talk to her then she will say something to Curley about how the men were bothering her. “ Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awfully lonely.”( Steinbeck 86) Curley’s wife has no one to talk to except for Curley.…

    • 1003 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays