Essay on Loneliness in of Mice and Men

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Loneliness in “Of Mice and Men” Friends are needed in a person’s life for emotional stability whom without would lead to a life of loneliness and solitude. In the novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the characters Crooks, Candy and Curly’s wife exhibit a form of loneliness. They are driven to George and Lennie’s friendship because they lack support and that emotional stability in their own lives."A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" (Steinbeck, 13). Throughout his novel, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck shows that victims of isolation crave to fulfill a companionship to fill in that void of loneliness. Firstly, Crooks, a …show more content…
Lastly, Curly’s wife, shows loneliness through acts of a mean and seductive temptress and despite her cruelties, she reaches out just to have someone to talk to. Curly’s wife is the only woman on the ranch and her sexuality isolates her from the rest. She is considered a threat and trouble to the rest of the men as she is referred to as “jailbait” and this causes the workers to avoid her. This is the root of her isolation so she attempts to manipulate men out of her being bored and lonely, to get attention. Although with Lennie on the other hand, Curley's wife sees him as someone who she can finally share her feelings with, like in chapter 5 where she says, “He says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural...Well I ain’t told this to nobody before.” (Steinbeck 89). Curley’s wife here shares her given up dreams of a better life as an actress and hangs her hopes on any man who would listen to aid her loneliness, as Lennie appears to. Steinbeck demonstrates in his novel Of Mice and Men the desperation loneliness brings to a person to reach out of their isolation and seek companionship. This is shown through Crooks as he is set aside because of his race and is willing to embrace slavery on Lennie’s farm to merely have company. Candy, the old lonely handicapped man also shows this through him not being able to fit in

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