Steinbeck indicated the alienation experienced by these characters through dialogue, description and inventive structural techniques. Sheds are not usually a place to live in and Steinbeck uses this sense of geographical isolation to show the physical distance between the bunkhouse where the fellow ranch workers live and his shed. How is loneliness and isolation explored in Of Mice and Men? A guy needs somebody—to be near him. You can't keep a job and you lose me ever' job I get. Throughout the book Steinbeck gives plenty of clues that things are going to end badly. Crooks is the negro stable buck.
Crooks, living alone in the barn, is forced to be separated from the rest of the men as a result of their racism and discrimination. Look at the bottom of the page to identify which edition of the text by John Steinbeck they are referring to. Because these men feel such loneliness, it is not surprising that the promise of a farm of their own and a life filled with strong, brotherly bonds holds such allure. Loneliness is one of the main problems that affects all characters in the story of Mice and Men. A guy needs somebody-to be near him. All three characters deal with their loneliness by searching for companionship with others on the ranch and this works out differently for each of them.
At the time you needed a good pair of hands to survive, to work and to fight. Most of the characters are very lonely because they have no family. Loneliness is a feeling that no one should ever feel, however, it is a feeling that many come to have at one point in their lives or another. He does not get invited into the bunk house and as a result does not want other ranches coming into his room. Because Crooks is black he can't hope to ever have any power. Curley's wife has not got a name. Northern California, Salinas Valley was affected by the Great Depression.
I seen it over an' over-a guy talkin' to another guy and it don't make no difference if he don't hear or understand. On a large scale, the ranch itself is very isolated, and the only link that the ranch workers have to the outside world are magazines. An' if a fren' come along, why we'd have an extra bunk, an' we'd say, 'Why don't you spen' the night? George seems to be in control of his destiny but he isn't. Being lonely is almost always directly connected to relations between people, or the lack there of. When on the move, they were alone, which is why they sought to Loneliness and isolation is a common human emotion that is felt within everyone and can be felt every now and then. He does not intend to kill any of them however, it just happens. The importance of each theme differs in both- in Steinbeck's novel, loneliness is the most dominant theme, and in Rainman the major theme is friendship.
Yet another aspect of loneliness which is exposed vulnerably through several characters is the idea of the American Dream, for Steinbeck teaches us that even through hard work and prosperity, it is unattainable. Crooks was a lot like Candy and the other men. His only company, his faithful, old, and blind dog, is willingly taken from him and killed; Candy fears that he will be treated the same way in the future and therefore, wants to join Lennie and George on the ranch. Lennie's death means that Lennie cannot own his dream farm. So it don't mean nothing, see? A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody.
They are met by different characters on the farm that all have a dream. Curley does not even touch her then, which shows she is lonely. Crooks is an African American stable-hand on the ranch, who because he is black is very isolated and lonely. At this time there was a world wide depression caused by the Wall Street crash in America. The novel is set in the 1930s during the great depression in California.
S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy 'cause you was black. They just have escaped from a farm near Weed where Lennie was wrongly accused of raping a woman when he wanted to touch her soft dress. Literary Devices Theme is an important literary device that serves as a guiding thread that keeps a story on track. His loneliness makes him not want to talk to other people and makes his life on the farm miserable. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. Loneliness is so much more than just feeling secluded, it's feeling rejected by society, or even like an outcast.
I could go get a job an' work, an' no trouble. Curley's wife death means she cannot pursue her career as a movie star. Slim came directly to George and sat down beside him, sat very close to him. Steinbeck suggests that he reads a lot which suggests that Crooks is actually quite intelligent. You couldn't remember it anyways. An' we'd keep a few pigeons to go flyin' around the win'mill like they done when I was a kid. Steinbeck illustrates through Curley's wife, Candy, and Crooks, three main characters of the novel the great negative effect of loneliness on Loneliness is the basic part of human life that even the strongest person cannot avoid.
His books shows that he reads and thinks, and is actually quite intelligent. But barely anyone find the right companionship while a lot of them were still lonely even if they found their companions. After he has shot Candy's dog he does not apologize. Through Crooks the black guy - he lives in the harness room where as the other ranch workers live in the bunk house. It's feeling distant or disconnected from others.