Steinbeck has written of Mice and men in a time period where men travelled alone and rarely sent time with other people. This is reflected in the characters of the novel, who are all lonely however some are lonelier than others. These include Crooks, Candy, Curley and Curley’s wife. They all have the hope of achieving their own dreams, which is the cause of their loneliness.
“A guy needs somebody- to be near him...A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you”(Steinbeck 72). The Great Depression, which occurred in the 1930s, was rough on migrant workers, young and old, women, and black people alike. Candy, Curley’s wife, and Crooks undergo loneliness and discrimination during the Great Depression. John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men characters Candy, Curley’s wife, and Crooks, like so many people during the 1930s, experience harrowing times of being isolated from everybody else during those times. The things they face are being separated in a different room, being shunned by men who think they are above them, and people thinking that they are too old and useless. The theme of loneliness is expressed and felt in the novella Of Mice and Men through the isolation and discrimination of Candy, Curley’s wife, and Crooks.
Are you really as lonely as you think you are? In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the two main characters Steinbeck focuses on, are George and Lennie. Lennie is very childish and cannot do things without someone to help him. George is very independent, but he looks after Lennie, and is like a father figure to Lennie. Lennie gets in trouble in there old town, so him and George leave town and go to find a new job. When they arrive at their new job, George tells lennie not to speak, so he doesn't blow their opportunity at this new job. After the ranchmen see Lennie work, they are very interested in having Lennie and George work on the ranch. Lennie later in the book, kills one of the worker's wives and runs away and hides. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the book focuses on the idea of loneliness, 3 characters that portray loneliness are George, Crooks, and Candy.
John Steinbeck's book Of Mice and Men take place during the Great Depression takes place in a world where nothing is permanent. People could never truly settle and find a place to call home People are constantly trying to find an opportunity to survive. This is significant because, people are constantly moving and the only thing that is stable and always there is themselves. However George and Lennie are the exception. These two people are always there for each other and together. Together they meet characters like Crooks who is lonely due to the Unwillingness of humans to accept and Curley’s wife who is lonely due to fear change. These two examples show that people who are lonely will find it difficult to find companionship. As a result, those who are lonely will continue to be lonely Steinbeck wants us to realize this so that people could learn that they are able to stop suffering.
Loneliness is a void in the heart which slowly consumes its host until finally it takes away any hopes or aspirations they once held. John Steinbeck ahead of his time published Of Mice and Men in 1937 to show how social discrimination was prominent during this time period. Throughout his short novel he utilizes his characters to display this ill treatment of humanity. Often times, loneliness drives its victims away from their dreams, making them to believe in things that are seemingly irrational. Steinbeck, in Of Mice and Men, created the character of Candy to give him a longing to join George and Lennie’s dream in order to illuminate the affect of society’s alienating, harsh treatment of the old and disabled.
The novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck told the story of two wandering farmhands, George and Lennie. They had no other family, so they traveled together from plantation to plantation looking for work. Lennie had some minor mental disabilities, so George was in charge of keeping him in line. The farm they were at now had a lot of seemingly lonely people. The three characters that best depicted the theme of loneliness in the novel were Crooks, Candy, and Curley’s wife.
Of Mice and Men, a tragic novel written by John Steinbeck, tells about the dream of Lennie Small and George Milton. Lennie and George are two hard workers that travel place to place to make money to buy the piece of land they have always dreamed of owning. Steinbeck includes many different themes in his novel, however, loneliness seems to play a major role in the book. When Lennie and George arrive at the farm where they are going to work they meet many new people. They are introduced to Crooks, Candy, and Curley’s wife who represent the theme of loneliness in the novel.
Loneliness is experienced in many ways by a multitude of people at one point or another in their lives. How it effects their personal situation is based upon how harshly this illness plagues them. John Steinbeck pants a vivid portrait of loneliness through the characters of Candy, Curly’s Wife, and Crooks in his novel “Of Mice and Men”. Loneliness can manifest itself both physically and emotionally through living a lifestyle that doesn’t provide the opportunity for a solid relationship to form, creating lonely and alienated characters that migrate their way through life.
Loneliness is a prevalent theme in literature. John Steinbeck uses this theme throughout his novella, “Of Mice And Men”. George and Lennie, migrant workers in California, strive to achieve their goal of owning a farm by working to make enough money. They come into troubles with Lennie not knowing how to deal with his strength and accidentally hurting others. Lennie is socially awkward and mentally slow but is stronger than the average man which makes him dangerous. While working on the ranch, they meet two characters who struggle to overcome their loneliness. In the novella, “Of Mice And Men” by John Steinbeck, the theme of loneliness plays a major role in Candy, Slim, Curley's wife's lives and he emphasises this through the lives of the characters. Loneliness and isolation eventually win in the end.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck portrays loneliness in many ways. A great deal of people are lonely throughout the whole book. Evidence shows that when our requirement for social connections isn’t met, we fall apart mentally and/or physically. Although there are negative effects, it is not irregular. A few examples of people that are lonely in Of Mice and Men include, Candy, Curley’s wife, and Crooks.
Loneliness is being alone, by yourself in a dark room all night feeling like it's forever. Loneliness is being around a bunch of people but feeling invisible to all of them. Loneliness breaks down ones body, mind, and soul. Many people fear loneliness but in reality many people are lonely. In the book, “Of Mice And Men”by John Steinbeck Crooks the only african american character, is a perfect example of someone who is being broken down by the loneliness they feel inside.
In John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, he tells the story of two men, Lennie Small and George Milton, who travel across the nation in search for work. On the last job they would work together, they meet several new people. The people that they meet displayed a variety of different characteristics. But most of all, every character displayed loneliness. The theme of loneliness is displayed by three characters in particular, Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife.
In the novel Of Mice and Men Steinbeck shows loneliness as the dominant theme of the story. He demonstrates how people are driven to find friendship. So far in the novel you can see that Steinbeck made the presence of loneliness stress the actions of the diverse characters. As these migrant workers roam from ranch to ranch to find temporary employment, George reminds Lennie the misery of the situation-“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place". Despite George and Lennie being lonely, most of the other characters have their own loneliness and struggle for companionship. Candy for example is the oldest worker at the ranch, who has no family, but has his dog as his
“I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick” (73). Throughout the novella, the tone is desperate and lonely; it is the Great Depression Era, and many men became migrant workers, searching the country for a job. Certain groups of people are discriminated against; it was a very racist and sexist time period. The theme of loneliness is revealed in the novella Of Mice and Men through the isolation felt by Candy, Lennie, and Curley’s wife. Candy is a victim of ageism; people think he is just old and useless. However, he has a lot of experience and could help people in tough situations. Lennie is discriminated against because of his mental issues, which he was born with. Finally, Curley’s wife is by many considered a “tart.” Except for what the other characters don’t know is that she is just trying to keep part of her dream of being an actress, which is her clothes.
But it would have left him worse off, leaving him in the same position as the ranch workers. He will suffer from loneliness and have no true friendships, and of course, he won’t be able to fulfil his dream without Lennie. The simple moral of the story is everyone needs someone to talk to in order to survive. Crooks says he feels sick sometimes because he is so lonely. And Candy, he is old and lonely and is associated with his dog. Steinbeck writes candy as if he will go into the same direction as his dog, which is most likely true. This novella teaches the importance of friends and someone to talk to no matter what age, sex, gender or race you