Loneliness In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Mother Teresa once said, “Loneliness is a man’s worst poverty.” In John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice And Men, we read of two main characters, George and Lennie, both of whom are migrant farm workers who eventually find work on a farm in Soledad, California. It is on this farm where they meet three characters, Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife. These three characters are all the victims of a form of segregation. Candy is segregated because he is viewed as being old and handicapped. Crooks is segregated because he is the only African American on the farm. Curley’s wife is segregated because she is the only woman on the ranch. It is because of this segregation that these characters experience a painful loneliness, which is how one can see that the main theme of John Steinbeck’s novel is loneliness.
The first character who proves the theme of the novel is loneliness is Candy. Candy is confined as a result of his age and incapacity making him less valuable on the farm. Candy did not have anyone to who might take care of him. He gives a decent impression of a confined individual. Candy catches George and Lennie arguing about how Lennie practically lost them the job by not saying a single word to the boss. If it was not for George talking Lennie out of the situation they would have lost the job. At the point when George went up against candy that he doesn't care for anyone jabbing into his business, Candy looked uneasily from George to Lennie, and then back.“I jus' come there,” he

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