Of Mice and Men Essay

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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
Essay written by Joe
"A guy goes nuts if he aint got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, long's
he's with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick." A major theme in
Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men is loneliness. The characters Crooks, Candy and
Curley's wife each suffer from this although the severity of their seclusion varied.

The old swapper, Candy was victimized by isolation as a result of two main factors, one
being his disability and the other being his age. For example, throughout the book we find
the farmhands out bucking the barley while Candy is left behind to sweep and clean the
ranch. He lost his hand after getting it caught in a piece of machinery and as a result he
is forced to stay behind. This being one of the major factors that leads to his
loneliness. Furthermore, Candy's age adds to his feeling of uselessness. Because he thinks
that he is old he puts himself in a state of mind that handicaps him more than his missing
hand ever will. He looks down on himself as an old worthless man that's wasting away his
last few years. Not only is it the way that others think of him but also the way he thinks
of himself that forces him to find solitude.

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