Loneliness

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Loneliness

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved” (Mother Teresa). Loneliness is an easily perceivable concept in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. It can be well understood by observing the feelings and behaviors of the characters George, Crooks, and Curly’s Wife. Primarily, constant affiliation with other people would not result in loneliness. However, in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men a select group of characters find themselves lost in a forgotten state of uncertainty.

One person who is greatly affected by loneliness in the novel is George. Unfortunately, it becomes a greater problem as the novel progresses. "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world” (Steinbeck 13). Although, George is consistently interacting with the other men on the ranch, he still is unable to build a strong companionship with any of the men. However, he has attained a strong companionship with Lennie over the years. Sadly, Lennie is mentally handicapped, which is an obvious reason for George’s struggle to obtain other true friends. Also, being a migrant worker, he is tenaciously moving around which withholds his ability to engage in a long-term relationship. George has also never had the chance to share intimate feelings with a woman. This is a clear foundation to his lonely state of mind. All of these unfortunate happenings have a strong emotional output on George throughout the novel. Unfortunately, his main consequence is loneliness.

Crooks is another character that gets overcome by his loneliness. He is a black man that experiences isolation because the society in which he resides is racist. He is continually discriminated against by the men on the ranch. However, Crooks still attempts to make friends; while others treat him unjust because he is different from others given that he is black. He is not allowed to participate in daily activities with the white men. Unfortunately, his social rejection on the ranch leads him into loneliness and solitude. “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. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets

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