John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men

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In the novella, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck discusses the idea of loneliness and how people who work at the ranch have no family and no future in lives. He indicates that all people at the ranch are lonely, but he specifically uses a few characters to highlight their state of being lonely and more miserable than the others. He emphasizes the loneliness of ranch life during the Great Depression, and shows how people are willing to try and find friendship in order to escape from the state of loneliness. Steinbeck uses loneliness as the principal theme and issue among Candy, Curley’s wife, and Crooks to show their desire in pursuing companionship, attention and success. Steinbeck uses Candy as one character to portray his theme of loneliness by creating a special relationship between him and his dog. Candy’s dog symbolizes many aspects in Candy’s loneliness. The dog symbolizes the disabled quality of Candy as being old and useless with no place to go. The dog is also Candy’s only friend. Candy wistfully explained “ I been around him for so much I never notice how he stinks... I had him for so long had him since he was a pup. I herded sheep with him.” (Steinbeck 44). Candy and his dog been through many things together and the dog keeps him company. They are close to the point that Candy does not know that it smells. Another thing that Candy’s dog symbolized is hope. When Candy’s dog died, he felt hopeless. He angrily, but calmly said, “ You seen what they did to my

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