What Is The Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

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Lonely on the Ranch

In John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, he describes the loneliness of California ranch life in the 1930s. Steinbeck explains how people are driven to find companionship, but most of them fail. George and Lennie are the lucky ones because they have each other. John Steinbeck creates the Boss and Curley’s wife who he never names . Curley’s wife is the only female character in the story. She is very lonely and longs for a better life. She is mistreated by the men around the ranch, and they call her crude names. Curley does nothing to help. The Boss is another nameless character. He is the owner of the ranch, and Curley’s father. He appears one time in the book and is rarely brought up except for a few stories. “‘What
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He often gets left out due to the color of his skin. Crooks longs for companionship with an actual person, but never has quite filled the void. Instead, his safe place is his room. “And scattered about the floor were a number of personal possessions; for, being alone, Crooks could leave his things about, and being a stable buck and a cripple, he was more permanent than the other men, and he had accumulated more possessions than he could carry on his back” (33). He is very eager when someone wants to talk to him. Lennie and Crooks share a couple conversations and he brings up his desire to start a farm. Crooks is very intrigued by this idea and asks if he can go with them and hoe in the …show more content…
When Candy has to agree to have his dog shot because of its suffering, it breaks him. Candy becomes very sad and lonely. George experiences loneliness when he decides it is best for everyone if Lennie dies. George calms Lennie by talking to him about their farm they were going to get before he shoots him in the back of the head. “George shivered and looked at the gun, and then he threw it from him, back up on the bank, near the pile of old ashes” (52). After George shot Lennie, he experienced a great deal of misery. Crooks feels his companion is removed when Lennie and Candy invade his space. For Crooks, Lennie and Candy are not only invading his room, but also his safe place and his sense of

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