Curley's Wife Loneliness Analysis

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Loneliness is a burden, it can hold people down. Such is seen in the characters of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Curley’s wife is lonely. Candy is lonely. Crooks is certainly isolated. Each character varies in their reasons for loneliness but all were burdened by it. Curley’s wife is very lonely and misunderstood. She wants to talk to the guys that work there but she can’t because every time she talks to someone Curley thinks his wife is flirting with them. As a result, no one wants to talk to her because one may lose his job. She says, “I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.” She is lonely because no one talks to her. Moreover, during the great depression, women didn’t work in ranches, they mainly stayed home, so there were no women that she could …show more content…
Candy is an older guy that works at the ranch. He had a dog and the dog was very old so the didn’t really do much. The guys at the ranch decide that it was time to put the dog down due to its age and it was just wasting the resources available at the ranch. During the depression, food and resources were very valuable to people because there was little supply and there was a high demand for everything. That is the reason why Slim kills four of the eight puppies the mother gave birth to. After Carlson kills Candy’s dog, Candy gets lonely because he lost his best friend. Moreover, Candy is also frustrated because he lost one of his hands in a farm accident. Candy said, “I wish somebody would shoot me when I become useless”. Candy became very lonely after he lost his dog. All in all, each character in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men varies in their reasons for loneliness but all were burdened by it. Curley’s wife is lonely because she has no one to talk. Crooks is lonely because he is segregated from everyone. Candy is lonely because he loses his best friend. Loneliness can change how people act and react in the world around