Essay on Loneliness in Of Mice of Men by John Stienbeck

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“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” - Mother Teresa

Loneliness is the sadness resulting from being isolated or abandoned. Being lonely is almost always directly connected to relations between people, or the lack there of. Mother Teresa once said “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” In John Steinbecks classic novel, Of Mice And Men, the three characters, Crooks, Curley’s wife and Candy struggle with loneliness in different forms because of characteristics that they can’t control. All three characters deal with their loneliness by searching for companionship with others on the ranch and this works out differently for each of them. Crooks is an …show more content…

Since she is the only woman on the ranch, she has trouble finding friends and because of this she seeks out people who are smaller and weaker to make herself feel better. When she barges in on Lennie, Crooks, and Candy in Chapter Four, she scornfully says that they "left all the weak ones here" (92). Here shes commenting on the mens weaknesses when the only reason she is there is because she is lonley and looking for attention. This attraction towards those weaker then herself is exemplified when she tries to talk to Lennie at the end of the book. At first, when she tries to coax Lennie into talking to her, he refuses, telling her over and over that George told him to stay away from her. She relentlessly entices him into accepting her company by making him feel bad for her and letting him touch her hair “Oh! That's nice," and he stroked harder. "Oh, that's nice”. Lennie easily falls under her spell, which unfortunately for her, leads to her downfall. Not surprisingly, Lennie strokes her hair harder then she is comfortable with, but when she tells him to stop, he panics and grabs onto her hair out of confusion and fear.

“Lennie was in a panic. His face was contorted. She screamed then, and Lennie's other hand closed over her mouth and nose. "Please don't," he begged. "Oh! Please don't do that. George'll be mad." … "I don't want you to yell. You gonna get me in trouble jus' like George says you will. Now don't you do that." And she

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