“Of Mice And Men” is a novel written by John Steinbeck that demonstrates many themes; especially loneliness. It is especially forced since the novel takes place in Soledad, meaning solitary. The main characters are wandering men looking for temporary employment from farm to farm across the country. Other people experience loneliness on the farm who are not limited to but include Crooks, Candy, and Curley’s wife.

Crooks is one of the fellow workers on the farm to George and Lennie. He is considered isolated because since this takes place during the Great Depression, and he is black, he is often lonely and made fun of. He is so used to being lonely and racial unfairness that he is skeptical of any person being kind to him. “Crooks scowled, but Lennie’s disarming smile defeated him. “Come on in and set a while,” Crooks said. “‘Long as you won’t get out and leave me alone, you might as well set down.” His tone was a little more friendly. (22)” Crooks also came up with the idea of a farm of his own but was shot down and “put in his place” Curley’s wife because she viewed him as inferior to a white person. He decides it best not to argue with her and accepts that he lives in a time with racial discrimination and always will. He does not like being lonely but takes pride in others sadness via isolation because misery loves company.

Candy is another worker on the farm who has been present for a long time. He is very isolated because he is never alongside the other workers in the field. He lost his hand in an accident and was reduced to the position of a swamper.”George half-closed his eyes. “I gotta think about that. We was always gonna do it by ourselves.” Candy interrupted him, “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” (218-219)” Candy had one friend who was his dog. After he was shot because of his old age, Candy felt that he had nothing to live for and was desperate …

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