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Loneliness In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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“Middle aged adults who live alone have a 24% increased risk of dying of heart disease”, according to a 2012 Harvard study. This shows that loneliness does not only affect you mentally but also physically. Being lonely makes your stress levels rise because of the lack in somebody to talk to. In Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck, he develops the concept of loneliness through Crooks, Candy, and Curley's wife, to show the negative impact of loneliness on somebody's life. Crooks is the only african american on the farm and everyone on the farm treats him differently from the other people. Crooks has his own room and avoids talking to people. "A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t matter no difference who the guy is, long's he with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" (Steinbeck, 13). This quote was his way of finding a personal connection to Lennie. Crooks has a ‘relationship’ with loneliness. He knows that when people get lonely, they tend to get sick. Crooks is rejected from every group of people and cannot interact with others. "…If you…guys would want a hand to work for nothing – just his keep, why I’d come an’ lend a hand. I ain’t so crippled I can’t work like a son-of-a-bitch if I want to." (Steinbeck, 84). This quote supports that he is jealous of the friendship of Lennie and George. It also proves that all Crooks wants to do was talk to people, and he will do anything for it, even work like a "son-of-a-bitch." The Counseling Center of the
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