Loneliness in Of Mice and Men

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Loneliness in Of Mice and Men The novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, takes place during the Great Depression era in the 1930s. Life changed dramatically from the thriving 1920s. Work was hard to find because of the bad economy, and everybody lived tough lives. It was even tougher for African Americans, women, and the elderly because they were all considered useless at the time. Everyone had no respect for them, and they were very low on the social pyramid. Due to their low status and respect, these people were very lonely and wanted companionship of others. Steinbeck depicts these problems through the lives of Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Candy, who are social pariahs on the ranch because of their physical conditions, and therefore, …show more content…

This shows that Candy is very desperate for companionship. Candy’s old age and disabilities get him left out of everybody’s activities, so he is very lonely and sees the dream of the farm as the only way for the rest of his life to be enjoyable. Steinbeck talks about how Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Candy are outcasts on the ranch and because of this they are very lonely and often seek attention of others. Crooks is discriminated against because of his race and he reads books to try to mollify his loneliness. Curley’s wife is the only woman on the ranch and all the men avoid her because of her misjudged behavior, so she is very lonely. Candy is very old so he is excluded from everyone else. His only friend was his dog but it eventually got killed. All of these characters live hopeless lives because they are lonely. Steinbeck’s message to us is that people need companionship and friendship in order for their lives to be joyful and

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