Loneliness is one of the primary themes in Of Mice and Men. Throughout the novel, John Steinbeck shows the enormous effect that loneliness has on the characters. Steinbeck most clearly illustrates this theme through Crooks, Candy, and Curley 's wife. Ranch hands are ideal types of people to portray as being lonely, because their constant travel leaves them without someone to talk to or share things with. Steinbeck also shows how important it is for every human being to have a companion. Companionship is necessary in order for someone to live an enjoyable life. Although loneliness affects each one of the characters in Of Mice and Men differently, they all experience negative feelings from their lack of
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.
Loneliness is an emotion of isolation and no hope or dreams in life, which is what John Steinbeck achieves by portraying this through the characters in his novella Of Mice and Men. The main characters are affected by loneliness in their own different way throughout the novella. rf
People are considered to be social beings, yet, again and again, they seek to falsify the claims of civility, and show themselves as the detached individuals they tend to be. In his novella, “Of Mice and Men,” John Steinbeck designed several faulty pairings that display the true disparity and detachment that are proven to be a part of every relationship in the story. Through the associations of the main characters, Lennie and George, along with several other characters within the narrative, Steinbeck exposes the root of 1930’s relationships in promises, loneliness, and a basic need for companionship, rather than any true fondness- a junction that can easily be nullified.
Loneliness is one of many central themes in John Steinbeck’s classic novella, Of Mice and Men. Throughout the story many characters sought after the company and attention of others. Each character has a certain barrier that keeps them isolated from the outside world. Three characters who portray this loneliness throughout the novella are Crooks, Curly’s wife, and Candy. Each having a different wall between them and society.
Curley's wife also yearns for attention and someone to connect with but is shut off and avoided because of her sex. Steinbeck reveals the barriers that trap people into isolation and the urgency to escape. Of Mice and Men comes to show there is a need in every human being for some type of connection, togetherness, and
A high school girl carried her feet along into the cafeteria, half past noon. Blue denim jeans and a chunky sweater is her outfit. She finds the nearest empty table, which happens to be in the corner, takes out her lunch and starts munching along. Not much expression is found on her face. A blank stare the whole forty minute lunch. It looks like she doesn’t have many people to talk to. This girl must be lonely. She is not the only person who experiences loneliness. Being lonely is extremely common. Loneliness is a major theme throughout the story, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. In the 1930s, Steinbeck powerfully portrays many characters to be lonely, which causes people to have depression and anger.
Candy is the janitor on the farm. His best friend is an old dog he got when he started working on the farm. Steinbeck explains, “A shot sounded in the distance.” (Steinbeck 49). They guys were in the bunk and Carlson- one of the men who works on the farm, offers to shoot the dog to put him out of his misery. When they hear the dog shot Candy is all alone. This was his best friend of all times. Candy explains, “I'd make a will an leave my share to you guys in case…. I ain't got I relatives nor nothing…” (Steinbeck 59). He said this because he was trying to escape loneliness. When his best friend was killed he needed to find a way to escape it do trying to go with George and Lennie to their farm after they raised enough money it would keep them all
There is only one thing in life that is really needed and that is friends. Without friends, people would suffer from loneliness and solitude. Loneliness leads to low self-estee. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the characters, Crooks, Candy, and Curly’s wife all show some form of loneliness. They are curious of George and Lennie’s friendship because they do not have that support in their life. Through his novel, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck demonstrates that many times, a victim of loneliness will have a never-ending search to fulfill a friendship.
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
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is book of many themes; one that is very prominent is loneliness. Loneliness is common in many people's lives and that is also true for the lives of the characters of the book. Almost all characters in the book are lonely in one way or the other.
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.
Loneliness,we’ve all felt it before. Whether by ourselves, or surrounded by people, the feeling of loneliness is an inevitable feeling. It hits you,and what do you do? You try to find something to fill the void;too make you less lonely. In the book Of Mice and Men,loneliness is just one of many underlying themes,people are often driven to find some sort of friendship in order to escape loneliness. It could be another person,maybe it’s an animal. However it is done, a form of friendship is formed,and the loneliness is gone.
To continue, Steinbeck uses Candy to contribute to the theme of escaping loneliness. Candy is a janitor on the farm that George, Lennie, and the other characters work on. He only has one hand, and is an old man. Candy had a dog that was old like him, they grew old together and kept each other company during their lonely work days. While all of the migrant farm workers go out to cultivate and take care of the land, Candy stays back and cleans up. Since none of the others are around he only had his old dog to keep him company. He is lonely because his dog ends up getting put out of its misery by one of the farm boys, Carleson. “Come on boy. The old dog got slowly and stiffly to his feet and followed the gently pulling leash. … A shot sounded in the distance.” (Steinbeck 47-49). Carleson shot Candy’s dog because he was useless, this shows how Candy was also becoming old and useless like his old and useless dog, which Carleson shot. Now Candy has no one to keep him company during his long, lonely work day. He overhears George and Lennie’s plan to buy a farm, have all of the animals they want, and to live off the land with no one telling them what