In the novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinback the loneliest characters are Curley's wife, Candy and Crooks. These characters are segregated physically, socially and emotionally. Though these characters are physically removed from the main event and activities on the ranch they feel they feel isolated. Since they are physically isolated they are unable to participate in the social events. Without regular activities to socialize, they are emotionally removed from other people. Crooks, Candy and Curley's wife don't get to participate in the mood of the events on the Ranch so they don't have the same value as the others and therefore often feel lonely and isolated.
The characters feel lonely for the reason that they are physically isolated from the other ranchers. Crooks is physically removed from the others because he is black, “he had his room in a little shed that leaned off the barn”(66). He is lonely considering he doesn't live with anyone and he is used to living with his family and sleeping with his brothers. Curley's wife is also segregated from the other and lives in the farm house, “You ain't wanted here”(79). Even Crooks, who would be among the lowest in the social ladder, tells her to go away. Candy is removed from all real ranch duties, “I ain't much good with only one hand”(59). Since these characters aren't physically close to the others they can participate in some of the social events and only have a limited emotional connection to the others.
The characters feel furthermore lonely because they are socially withdrawn from the other ranchers. Crooks is socially detached from the others because he is black, “Cause I'm black. They play cards in there, but I can't because I'm black. They say I stink”(68). He is lonely because he doesn't live with anyone and he always used to be with his family and sleep with his brothers. Curley's wife is also separated from the others and lives in the farm house, “I had enough, you got no rights comin' in a coloured mans room. You have no rights messing around in here at all. Now just get out, get out quick”(80). Nobody wants her around. Thats why she is socially separated from everyone. Everyman is scared that she will get them fired. Candy is removed from all ranch duties, “I ain't much good with only one hand”(59). Since these characters aren't socially close to the others they can only participate in some social events and only have a limited emotional connection to one another.
The characters additionally feel loneliness due to the fact that they are emotionally divided. They aren't like the others and aren't allowed to do things like the others. Curley's wife is