From the beginning, Candy has always been a lonely person. Although, with his old dog by his side he felt as if someone was there for him. Due to Candy’s disability, he is not able to work with the other men with further isolates him from a normal, healthy social life. Once his dog has been killed due to the dog’s poor health and the fact of the dog being old and smelly, Candy is then left alone.
Another factor that may interfere with his well being is how he feels guilty for not shooting his dog himself. Candy believes that the boss did not show any remorse for his dog. Candy’s hopes go up once he decides to join in on Georges and Lennie’s dream to own a farm. Unfortunately, that dream dies shortly after the death of Curley’s wife, which was caused by Lennie. One of the main things Candy said from the book was, “I’d make a will an’ leave my share to you guys in case I kick off, ’cause I ain’t got no relatives or nothing.
” (Steinbeck, J. (1937). Of mice and men.). I believe this citation shows how isolated Candy really is. With no family, dog, or dream Candy is left very isolated. During the Great Depression, women did not have much power or rights.
Curley’s wife was simply entertainment for Curley. Curley showed her close to none attention which is why she would go out of her way to seek it in the other men. Being the only women on the farm may have also had an effect on how isolated she is. Curley’s wife was only searching for attention from other men due to the lack of attention she was getting from Curley. However, the other men did not want to interact with her because of Curley’s controlling ways.
With everyone pushing her away it is easy to say she was very lonely. Sadly, her attempts at getting attention resulted in her death. With Curley’s wife being deceased, there is no way she could never try to fix her lonely situation. Crooks is probably the most lonely character in the novella. Crooks is very isolated from all the other men due to his race. Another reason why Crooks is so lonely is due to his disabilities.
Crooks also has a bad habit of thinking the worst in people and thinking everyone is out to hurt him. With this, Crooks has a hard time of making relationships with other people. One of the quotes Crooks said that caught my attention regarding the amount of isolation Crooks has is when he says “Guys don’t come into a colored man’s room very much” (Steinbeck, J. (1937). Of mice and men.). I believe this portrays how often Crooks really interacts with people. Everyone around Crooks is always making him feel worse about himself in the rare moments when he is not alone.
A prime example of this is when Curley’s wife says this statement. “This is just a nigger talkin’, an’ a busted-back nigger. So it don’t mean nothing, see?” (Steinbeck, J. (1937). Of mice and men.
). With everyone around him bringing him down how is he supposed to bring himself towards happiness and bring himself out of this lonely place? To conclude, In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Candy, Curley’s wife, and Crooks all suffer from loneliness for various different reasons. In today’s day and age, most of the characters would most likely be able to overcome their struggles with race, age, and gender. Although, sadly enough they will not overcome their loneliness.