Of Mice And Men Essay On Loneliness

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In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck looks at the theme of loneliness as it affects many characters on the ranch. Crooks, Curley's wife, and Candy are the most excluded characters on the ranch, because they all have dreams that they will not be able to live out and they all are at loss when it came to companionship. Crooks is lonely because he is the only black man on the ranch. Since this book is set during the Depression, Jim Crow laws are still in effect, whites and blacks had separate facilities for socializing and living. Crooks comments that he can't live in the bunkhouse, and cant even play cards in there. "I cant' play because I'm black. They say I stink."(68) This quote illustrates that Crooks feels the pain of…show more content…
She is also perhaps the saddest person. She married the first man who cam along, and she chose badly.
"Sure I gotta husban'. You all seen him. Swell guy, ain't he?
Spends all his time sayin' what he's gonna do to guys he don't like, and he don't like nobody."(78) This quote shows
Curley's wife's displeasure with her husband it also shows that Curley doesn't really spend much time with her unless he's talking about who he want's to fight next. Curley's wife try's to make up for her husbands absenteeism by trying to make friends with the other ranch hands, but she go's about it in a way that scares the away from her. She wears too much makeup and shows off her body to the men in provocative ways. During a conversation between Candy and George Candy remarks "I seen her give Slim the eye... an I see her give Carlson the eye... Well I think Curley married a tart."(29) This quote shows us the point of view of one of the men on the ranch and his feelings toward her. It show how the men all think that she is trying to stray from
Curley to one of them. Curley's wife has a dream to become and actress but it is crushed on two occasions. "A show came through, an' I met one of the actors. He says I could go with that show. But my ol' lady wouldn't let me...If Id went, I wouldn't be livin' like this, you bet."(88) This quote shows how much Curley's wife wishes that she would have
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