October 4, 2011
A Characters Loneliness
Crooks, in Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck demonstrates acute loneliness of the characters in the book. He is often times by himself and is separated from the other men. He feels as though he isn’t “wanted in the bunkhouse” (68) and because he’s African- American cant “play cards in there.” (68) Crooks is left out of many things like going into town or playing cards in the bunkhouse because of his skin color. He doesn’t like to be left alone and enjoys having company even though many don’t have a right to be in colored mans room. When Lennie visits Crooks in his bunk inside the harness room, Crooks likes talking to him as long he “won’t let out and leave” (69) but also informs Lennie that he doesn’t have “any right to be in his room” (68) He enjoys others company and conversations and not so much being alone and having his own living space separate from the others. He is always alone working or just doing his own thing separate from the other workers as well. Because of his position on the farm and his skin color he doesn’t “get to talk to nobody.” (72) He is isolated and hardly ever interacts with the other farm hands. Because of Crooks skin color and place on the farm, he is not able to as many things as the others and decides to isolate himself.
Curley’s wife is another character in Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, that portrays the theme of loneliness and isolation. Whenever she can she tries to talk to the farm hands. When she tries to talk to them and others are around, they’re “jus’ nothing but mad” (77) but when she “catches any one man, and he’s alone” (77) they don’t “have a problem talking to her.” (77) She isn’t supposed to talk to them so when others are around they despise her and try not to pay her any attention. She likes getting attention and being talked to, which she hardly gets. She doesn’t like to be isolated and to “not to talk to anybody” (87) especially when there...