Theme Of Loneliness In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men was written by John Steinbeck in 1937. John Steinbeck was an american author who wrote several classics. Majority of Steinbeck’s stories were based in California, in the Salinas River Valley. John Steinbeck was an author who wrote for and about poor people. In this particular book, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck tells the story of two migrant farmworkers. George and Lennie are an unusual pair of friends.When these two men go to a new farm looking for work they meet a group of men who are all completely different and lonely compared to George and Lennie. Curley, Crooks, Candy, Curley’s Wife, Carlson and the boss all help and cause trouble for George and Lennie throughout the story. Around this time in the west it was normal for …show more content…

Candy is an older man that works on the farm that George and Lennie goes to work at. Candy’s only companion is his dog. The dog was older and useless but he gave Candy a sense of peace, along with a friend. Carlson killed Candy’s dog because he believed he was stinky and was too useless for Candy to keep. Steinbeck stated “At last Candy said softly and hopelessly, ‘Awright -- take ‘im’ he did not look at the dog at all. He lay back on his bunk and crossed his arms behind his head and stared at the ceiling”(Steinbeck 47). This quote shows that there was no sympathy for others. Candy’s dog was his only friend on the farm. The fact that Carlson would so easily take the dog from Candy shows that there was not one bit of brotherhood back then at all. As the book continues, Candy is dealing with a whole new type of loneliness, and he looks to Lennie and George for a type of friendship. Candy stated “Maybe if I give you guys my money, you’ll let me hoe in the garden even after I ain’t no good at it” (Steinbeck 60). This shows that at this point in Candy’s life he knows he doesn’t have much use to the world but he may be able to help out George and Lennie, and help the achieve their ultimate goal. Candy is a constant remind to the men that loneliness can drive you to extreme

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