Literary analysis Of Mice and Men
Loneliness can be a large point in fiction writing. Loneliness can push people to extremes. Once can be pushed to become extremely introverted while the other can rage, setting a path against the world to find a place to fit in. In John Steinbeck’s of Mice and Men loneliness is evident and a huge focus of the author. The characters Lennie, Crooks, and Candy are set apart from other due to loneliness.
The country of America has long been tainted with segregation, a divide of black and white. Segregation can push people to the dark ends of loneliness. A prime example of this would be in the novel of Mice and Men. One person in particular experienced loneliness due to segregation. That character would a black fellow knows as crooks. “…The stable buck ...view middle of the document...
Lennie shows many proofs of loneliness in the novel of Mice and Men. Lennie shows his desperation when he panics and says “George wun’t go away and leave me. I know George wun’t do that.” (p.73) He relies on him mentally and physically and can’t handle the possibilities of George leaving him. Lennie has a disability from birth in the mind and has been living off George from teenage years. Lennie well, “Hes jes like a kid...” (p.43) His chillness makes him think differently and be separated from the others. He cannot physically communicate well with others due to his handicap, and likewise he cannot understand others very well at times.
Candy was a lonely man at most. He was old and felt like a hindrance to most. He could no thatch nor buck barley like all the others on the ranch. He one handed, was left sweeping the floors and cleaning the mess hall. He was a slow man to love and only loved one. He loved his old dog. “I’m so used to him” (p.45) (in regards to the dog being put down) “No I couldn’t do that. I had ‘I’m to long” (p.45) Candy says in regard to his old hearing dog being but down by a bullet. Candy infers of losing his long lasting friend fought the face of his dogs inevitable death. He couldn’t handle the idea of losing the one thing that has been a solid investment and chore in his life. He refused the put down tell curly says “Got no teeth, He’s all stiff with rheutism. He aint no good to you, Candy. An’ he ain’t no good to himself.” (p.44) Faced with unarguable truth he agrees to let Carlson shoot his dog. Once Carlson leaves with the dog candy rolls over and begins to snivel and whimper about the loss of his long term pall. Candy was separated by the death of his dog.
The characters in of Mice and Men show loneliness through handicaps and segregation. Lennie, Candy and Crooks all show their loneliness thought the novel.