Thesis: Loneliness was quite common during the great depression, due to the need to find work, food, and shelter.
The great depression brought the good and the bad out of people and some loneliness. Many people found themselves with nothing to hold on to, nothing to go to. It was present in all kinds of people rich and poor. People were constantly moving and could not establish lasting friendships or relationships.
In the novel Of Mice and Men both main characters were prime examples of loneliness. George kept to himself whenever he could and really did not want to be bothered. Some people would consider that bitterness. George also said himself that guys like him that work on ranches are the most loneliest guys in the world. Lennie does not know any better and has a mind of a 2 year old. He has no friends besides George but still considered lonely because he only has one friend other than the dead carcasses or soon to be dead carcasses lennie carried around with him. Neither one really had time to develop friendships due to constant moving.
Crooks the only black worker on the ranch sleeps separate from the white workers. Crooks is also crippled and likes to be left alone. He stays in the barn more than usual taking care of the horses. He does not talk that much and when lennie tried to make conversation he began to get rude and asked him not to come back in the barn anymore.
Candy the old ranch worker with one hand is probably the loneliest of them all. His best friend is his old stinky dog he raised since he was a pup. Candy and his dogs relationship is the same as lennie's and George's relationship. Candy like George is different from the other ranch workers because he has his dog as a constant companion, someone devoted and loyal to him.
In conclusion loneliness is noted through out the novel Of Mice and Men on characters like Candy, George, Lennie, Crooks , and Curlys wife. During the...