In “Of Mice and Men,” by John Steinbeck, George and Lennie travel together looking forward to achieve their dream. George is “defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose.” Lennie is big and strong, but he suffers of developmental disability. George and Lennie share the dream of owning their own ranch. When they arrive to a ranch near of Soledad, they meet with other itinerary workers with similar dreams. However, Lennie and George differ from the rest because they have one another. The rest of the characters are lonely individuals. Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s Wife are some of the loneliest characters in the novel. The story leads to an end full of broken dreams ...view middle of the document...
For this reason, Candy refugees in George and Lennie’s dream to try to escape his own loneliness. He asks George and Lennie if he can be part of their plan, and he offers them all his money to buy the ranch. George and Lennie agree with him, and together they plan to buy the ranch in month. Again, Candy starts to feel more secure now that he’s been offered to be part of a new dream and a new friendship. But Candy’s dream is destroyed when Lennie kills Curley’s Wife. He realizes they will never be able to buy the ranch anymore cursing at her body: “You done it, di’n’t you? I s’pose you’re glad. Ever’body knowed you’d mess things up. You wasn’t no good. You ain’t no good now, you lousy tart.” This tragedy brings back Candy to his hopeless, inevitable loneliness.
Crooks (another lonely character in the novel) doesn’t show much hope to escape his loneliness. Crooks is a black man living alone in the barn because of his skin color. By being segregated from the rest of the workers, Crooks realizes and laments his loneliness, but he also sees the loneliness in others. When Lennie and candy come into his room and they start talking about the ranch they are going to buy, Crooks shows a little interest. He offers unconditional help if he’s allowed to go with them. But Curley’s Wife makes him change his mind with her discriminatory comments. After remembering his position in society as black man, Crooks says, “I wouldn’ want to go to no place like that.” At last, Crooks chances to escape his loneliness are hopeless.
Another character from the novel enhancing the idea of inevitable loneliness is Curley’s Wife.