Essay Friendship in Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"

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"Were born alone we live alone die alone. Only through love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that were not alone” Orson Welles. In this novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck focuses on the loneliness of California ranch life in the 1930’s. One of the most important things in the life is to have a friend, without friends people will suffer from loneliness like in this novel, not everyone in the novel has the same connection and special friendship like George and Lennie’s. Of Mice and Men is the story about lonely men who travel from ranch to ranch not really communicating with other ranch hands. Candy, Crooks and Curley’s wife all were lonely and dealt with their loneliness in different ways.
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Crooks and candy are much a like they are both different, Crooks is a black man he is isolated very much from the society in which he resides is racist. “ A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody don’t matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick.”(Crooks 358). Crooks was trying to find a connection with Lennie. Crooks is neglected from every group of people at the ranch and can’t socially get involved. Neither can Lennie interact because of his mental disability. “Cause I’m black, they play cards I can’t play because I’m black” (Crooks 359). I think Crooks loneliness deals with rejection; people from the ranch treat him bad just because of the fact that he is black. Crooks isn’t allowed to get involved in daily events like playing cards. Crooks gets treated badly from white people therefore he acts the same toward them. Not only was Crooks lonely and miserable trying to deal with loneliness but so was Curley’s wife.
Curley’s wife dealt with her loneliness by trying to be friendly with ranch hands by talking with them. “ I’m jus’ lookin’ for somebody to talk to, don’t you ever just want to talk to somebody well I got nobody to talk to”(Curley’s wife 325). Curley’s wife just wants a friend and to make a conversation with someone. Curley’s wife was trying to make a conversation with Lennie. But everyone she tries to talk to are afraid to even look at her because of her jealous husband, Curley. Since,…

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