Theme Of Loneliness In Of Mice And Men

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In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck utilizes loneliness as an overarching theme, there is however one character that is noticeably longer than the others in Steinbeck's novella. This character is Crooks, a bitter and aloof man, he used to have a family with brothers and a 10 acre chicken ranch. Now he lives the life of a stable buck isolated by his race (he is the only African American on the ranch) among other things (Steinbeck,2002). This loneliness truly characterises him and causes no end to his bitterness. John Steinbeck Portrays Crooks as the loneliest character because, he is isolated by race, disability, location and a lack of companionship. Loneliness is an theme deeply represented in Of Mice and Men. From the obvious examples…show more content…
"'Cause I'm black.” (Stienbeck,2002). This is exemplifies how he is racially isolated. When Crooks was younger he had family but he was part of the only non-white family in the area and therefore had little companionship from an early age. While you could argue that because he has known nothing but loneliness he would therefore have no knowledge of another way of being it is hinted that Crooks used to be part of a relatively wealthy family with companions. He says, “"I remember when I was a little kid on my old man's chicken ranch. Had two brothers. They was always near me, always there.” (Stienbeck,2002). These examples both paint Crooks as a mournful person missing his old life and feeling constant loneliness regarding his current life. Crooks is also isolated by his community. Crooks is shown as being isolated from the community, this is defining factor that characterises him. He is isolated from the ranch community and the community in Soledad for two primary reasons, his race and his disability. Crooks was kicked by a horse prior the start of the book, this leaves him unable to stand up straight and similarly to Candy gives him the appearance of uselessness (Steinbeck,2002). He is unable to work in the fields as the other men do and therefore he is even more isolated from their community. In addition to this his exclusion from the bunkhouse means he has almost no interaction with the other men on the ranch. This isolation also applies to the neighboring
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