At the beginning of the book George and Lennie come to the ranch together; all the men at the ranch find it weird that the pair travels with each other. This demonstrates how unheard of it is to travel with someone when looking for work. Since all of the men travel by themselves they never get the chance to create a deep bond with another person causing them to all be lonely. “Guys like us that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place.” (15). The character Candy’s, an old man with one hand, only companion is his dog; who ends up getting shot because he is old smelly. Candy then too becomes isolated like the rest of the men that live on the ranch. Even George is forced to become isolated and lonely when he kills Lennie.
Overall the theme of isolation is seen in the book Of Mice and Men through racism, sexism, and ranch workers travelling alone. The theme of this book connects with every character some shape or form. This shows that everyone has the tiniest piece of loneliness within