Loneliness Of Mice And Men

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Loneliness in Of Mice and Men REVISE Loneliness is defined as sadness because one has no friends or company, and people’s most common response to loneliness is looking for someone or something to take away their loneliness. This is a common trait in the characters of the novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck which follows the experience of migrant farm workers George Milton and Lennie Small after they are run out of Weed, California and go to another ranch near Salinas, California during the Great Depression. Throughout the entire story, Steinbeck illustrates how Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife express the same trait of loneliness and their search for someone or something to quell their loneliness. One of the more forefront characters in the story is Candy, who is the very kind and helpful “swamper’, or maintenance man, of the ranch and befriends George and Lennie soon after they arrive at the ranch. Of the many lines Candy says throughout the book, the line “I 'd make a will an ' leave my share to you guys in case I kick off, 'cause I ain 't got no relatives or nothing…" (Steinbeck 58) opens up Candy’s feelings about his life and his emotions. The quote shows how Candy has no relatives and few to none really close friends because of his old age relative to George and Lennie and the rest of the farmhands, which makes him feel isolated and lonely. Candy wants to fill that void of loneliness by giving the money to George and Lennie and living and working on the farm they
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