Alienation and Loneliness in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

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‘..Guys like us that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world they got no family they don’t belong no place.’ This is what many felt during the ‘great depression’ in the 1930’s. John Steinbeck gives us the sense that many felt lonely ‘they got no family they don’t belong no place. The main theme of this novel is alienation; the three characters, Curley’s wife, candy, and crooks are all alienated, and felt it by another person at some point. They all have dreams... it’s the American dream... but not all dreams come true... Alienation is when you are an outsider; you may feel isolated from others for being different, therefore not part of a group. I have at times felt alienated when I couldn’t get on a ride due to my height. For…show more content…
The saying “respect the older than you” wasn’t treated well at that time however, is now. With the conditions old people faced it meant it was much tougher for them people to get jobs. After they killed Candy’s dog for the reason that it was old, candy felt lonely especially since it was his only friend for a long period of time, he also hated the fact that he had no power to stop it, “candy looked helplessly at him for Slim’s opinions were law.” He was depressed when his dog is shot, “...he rolled slowly over and faced the wall and lay silent.” It reflected on the position candy was himself, filthy old, disabled, no use, features which candy and his best friend withhold. Candy and his dog was Quite similar to George and Lennie, thats because Lennie ain’t much good to George but Lennie has lived with him for a long time and is also his only friend, the same with Candy as said by Carlson “He ain’t no good to you, Candy. An’ he ain’t no good to himself.” Candy also plays a big part in the book; when he speaks you would consider him the narrator, this is because he is the source were George and Lennie are getting information about the ranch; “The swamper warmed to his gossip...” for that reason he is the gossiper. Just like George and Lennie, Candy was also lonely and alone in the world, “... I ain’t got no relatives nor nothing...” it was a different matter when he
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