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Loneliness in Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck Essay

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Loneliness in Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck

John Steinbeck wrote “of Mice and Men” in the 1930s. It is set in California and shows us life for migrant workers at this time. The book describes how lonely life can be. In the book there are different kinds of loneliness. The different types described are Isolation which means that you are kept separate from others because you have an illness just like being in quarantine. Solitude is another type of loneliness which means a state of being away from everyone else. Abandonment is a type of loneliness where everyone has left you behind. Then characters that are lonely in the novel “Of Mice and Men” are Candy, Crooks and Curley’s wife. Candy is lonely
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He had an old dog at the beginning on the novel .He had this dog for a long time. We know this because in chapter 3 Candy says “I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup”. The dog he has gets shot by Carlson because Carlson didn’t like it. He says “I don’t like know nothing that stinks so bad as an old dog.” When the dog is getting shot John Steinbeck makes the reader feel sorry for Candy because Candy has had that dog for a long time as a companion and Candy is being pressurised by everyone to let Carlson kill it. Candy hopelessly says “Awright-take ‘im.” So Candy is lonely because he is old and he is also lonely because Carlson shot his dog. He tries to escape the loneliness with George and Lennie by being part of George and Lennie’s dream. George and Lennie agree to this because in chapter 3 Candy says “I’d make a will an’ leave my share to you guys incase I kick off.” However this dream ends because Lennie ends up killing Curley’s Wife. Candy still thinks it could be possible for George and him to own the land so in the last chapter he says to George “You an’ me can get that little place, can’t we, George?”

George says nothing and so Candy realises that they can’t get the land because of this incident.

Crooks is the negro stable buck. He has a separate a separate room from everyone else who works at the ranches.
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