Isolation in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Essay
Candy, characterized as an old swamper, is victimized into isolation as a result of two main factors: his basic disability and his age. Throughout the book we find the farmhands out bucking the barley while …show more content…
Lastly, Crooks finds isolation in terms of the prejudice of race. Because he is a black man he is forced to live, in this case alone in the barn, while the other farmhands stay in the bunkhouse. Discrimination played a major role during the "Dust Bowl Era," the setting of this book, and it is this that the other farmhands believe that it is necessary to not "allow," as it seems a privilege in their minds, him to live with them. Furthermore, his separation from others causes his severe loneliness spending his nights reading and his days alone in the barn working on the horses. Crooks quickly finds out how degenerative solitude can be to one's mind and body.
Loneliness and isolation are inevitable facts of life that not even the strongest can avoid. Throughout the story Of Mice and Men we discover the many sources of the characters solitude stemming from singular prejudices. Crooks, Candy, and Curley's wife all suffer from these "vices," all of which lead them to their isolation. The consequences found in this book show the world as a place for interconnected communication and how without interaction the human mind and body soon