Of Mice and Men’ is written by John Steinbeck. The novel is set in the 1930s during the great depression in California. America. Loneliness is the consistent subject running through the novel. relating as it does to the other subjects viz. : broken dreams and bias. Steinbeck illustrates through Curley’s married woman. Candy. and Crooks. three chief characters of the novel the great negative consequence of solitariness on worlds. All the characters encounter and face jobs and negative feelings due to their deep solitariness and isolation. This is counterpoised really smartly through the friendly relationships between George and Lennie. two chief characters in the novel. Furthermore the sense of belonging is proven throughout the novel to be critical to human felicity. George and Lennie are used as characters to picture the destiny of workers in that clip. They are two friends that travel and work together at a spread and they besides portion the same dream: one twenty-four hours to have their ain spread. George is presented as an intelligent adult male that takes on the parental function of taking attention of Lennie. a simple-minded person but one with immense physical strength. From the really early phases of the novel the characters are shown to be really lonely when George says: “Guys like us. that work on spreads. are the loneliest cats in the universe. They got no household.
They belong in no topographic point. ” This destiny is really common in the period of depression from the 1930 in America when workers would hold to go long distances. frequently on their ain. in hunt of work. Even though solitariness is an recognized portion of human life. George and Lennie are driven to seek and happen alleviation through their friendly relationship in order to get away from solitariness as Lennie recalls: “We got person to speak to that gives a darn about us” and when he tells Slender about his friendly relationship with George “ We kinda look after each other. ” Loneliness can alter somebody’s behavior. ideas and mundane actions. In John Steibeck’s Of Mice and Men. solitariness alters the characters in legion different ways. A strong illustration of this is Crook. a character presented to be highly stray and marginalised. This is a effect of the fact that he is the lone black adult male. frequently called “nigger” life at a spread in a period when racism against black people in America was accepted as the norm.
From the really early phases of the novel we find out that verbal maltreatment is used against Crook by his foreman and that Crooks lives by himself. Despite this Crook displays great pride in maintaining his room neat and tidy. He has been so affected by solitariness and damaging intervention that he is leery of any kindness he receives. He says to Lennie “You got no right to come in my room… . . You go on get outa my room. I ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse and you ain’t wanted in my room. ” Lennie’s brief interaction with Crooks reveals the complexness of racial bias in that period in America. Even though Crooks was born in California. which would usually give him equal rights with the white people. he ever felt like an foreigner. He is angry at times with the intervention he received and sometimes he might be seen as acrimonious and misanthropic. “If I say something. why it’s merely a nigger sayin’ it” and this shows his choler at being pushed to the side.
Crooks brings into position the solitariness and desperation experienced by all the characters in the novel by stating “A cat needs person – to be near him. A cat goes nuts if he ain’t got cipher. Don’t make no difference who the cat is. long’s he’s with you. I tell ya. a guy gets excessively lonely. an’ he gets ill. ” This is grounds of Steinbeck’s principle to play on the human demand for company and the demand for person to care for. It becomes evident that the intervention Crooks received thought out his life made him really misanthropic. Whenever the dream. the hope of all ranchers that one twenty-four hours they will have a spread is mentioned he dismisses it. He says “I seen 100s of work forces come by on the route an’ on the spreads with their bindles on their dorsums an’ that same damn thing in their caputs. Hundreds of them. They come. an’ they quit an’ go on……An’ ne’er a god-damn one of ’em gets it. ”
Criminals may be pessimistic. marginalised. fearful. resentful. entirely “nigger” but he still has a dream. the hope that one twenty-four hours he will see once more the joys of his childhood once more. Candy is another really lonely character in the novel. The old jack of all trades with merely one manus as the consequence of an accident concerns that the foreman will shortly declare him useless and demand him to go forth the spread. A really of import facet about Candy is his relationship with his antediluvian Canis familiaris. The Canis familiaris. every bit good as Candy himself. stand for the hereafter for people that will non accomplish their dreams. Candy has spent the best old ages of his life working for person else’s spread. merely to lose his manus and have small money. He is really lonely as he declares “I ain’t no relations. nor nil. “ Furthermore his solitariness is shown by his desire to speak to George. the intelligent cat that still has hope for a better hereafter. and portions his dream by assuring him money to purchase the dream farm. At the same clip his solitariness is pictured by his relationship with his Canis familiaris. Candy’s Canis familiaris. one time an impressive sheep Herder is now toothless. foul-smelling and really old. Even if Candy knows all this he can non allow travel because he would lose his last and merely best friend.
He is affected by purdah one time more when Curley’s married woman dies. He is angry with her and he is faulting her for destroying the dream. “I could of hoed in the garden and washed dished for them guys” . He is sad and at the same clip angry because he realised that his fate is doomed and the dream is over. His dream of friendly relationship and company is now broken. This brings into focal point another really interesting character in the novel – that of Curley’s married woman. In the novel she doesn’t even have a name and is ab initio seen as the ownership of her hubby. This is besides emphasised by ne’er demoing them together in the novel. What we are told about her is that she is a fine-looking lady who wears inordinate makeup and really attractive frocks. As the lone adult female on the spread. Curley’s married woman is lonely and sad and her behavior and flirtatiousness can be interpreted as her response to her wretchedness and repression. She reveals throughout the class of the narrative that she is unhappy in her matrimony because her hubby seems to care small for her. and is truly more interested in speaking about himself than anything else. Furthermore she gives inside informations on her broken dream. the dream where she would hold been a Hollywood film star. She says “I coulda made something’ of myself. ”
She flirts intentionally and openly with the spread workers and causes them to endure Curley’s reverberations because she wants attending and to exasperate her hubby. She is lonely. bored. frustrated and wants people to speak to her and give her the attending she deserves. She says “Standing here talkin’ to a clump of bindle stiffs…an’ likin’ it because they ain’t cipher else” . She cruelly cuts down Candy for his old age and submission. Lennie for being “a dum dum. ” and most harshly. she threatens Crooks with a lynching. She has no ability to self-evaluate and it seems at every opportunity she gets. she merely talks about lost chances. I believe that Curly’s wife’s instance of solitariness was the most terrible throughout the novel. She struggled to happen person that she could speak to with. she tried and would make anything conceivable to despatch her solitariness and in the terminal she gets killed by a random accident when being unaware of Lennie’s wonder in soft objects like her hair. Loneliness is a fact of life that can non be avoided.
Throughout the novel. Of Mice and Men. the reader discovers the many beginnings of purdah. chiefly being favoritism and bias. All the characters finally discover ways to get by with their purdah throughout the narrative but in the terminal they are still the victim of isolation. Steinbeck compares the solitariness of the three characters: Candy. Crooks and Curley’s with George and Lennie’s friendly relationship. I believe that the subject of solitariness has been really good presented but at the same clip it merely shows a dark and really negative facet of life. All characters had hope at one point or the other in the novel and besides they all had each other because they all lived at the same spread. In theory at least. the characters had everything they needed to better their state of affairs and be happier.
Unfortunately they are so inside focused and repressed in their positions that they do non look to one another for consolation. No-one in the fresh finds a friend in the terminal which is a really pessimistic attack. George – the parental figure is obliged to kill his lone friend but he does it in a mode that insures that Lennie dies happy. Even though Steinbeck presents a really cheerless and sad narrative – that everybody in the terminal dies or lives entirely – he does give us a concluding glance of when he presents Slim as being really sympathetic towards George’s unhappiness and it makes us trust and inquire if they will be friends or whether their destiny will besides be one of purdah.