Of Mice and Men (Solitude)
Solitude An individual is always searching for a bond with another individual, but in this lonely world that does not constantly occur. When people are deprived of companionship, a great deal of various results occur in various people. The different scenarios that everyone remains in can result in various outcomes and can result in individuals developing different characters and different circumstances in life. This longing for companionship is a style that is widely checked out in the book in the book Of Mice and Guy.
In this book, John Steinbeck uses the characters Crooks, Curley’s wife and Candy to reveal that loneliness is sadly a part of life that everybody has to combat versus. By the usage of characters Steinbeck demonstrates how individuals are lonesome. Scoundrels is a character that represents black people of the time and how they were maltreated and not cared for. “S’pose you didn’t have no one. S’pose you could not enter into the bunk home and play rummy ’cause you was black” (Page 72). In this quote he is talking with Lennie as he came into his space in the back of the barn.
The bunk home is where the rest of the characters sleep showing the distance in between the rest of the characters and Criminals. He describes it himself and blames it on the prejudice that society has actually put on him. By him mentioning playing rummy shows his need for friendship and interaction with other characters. Lennie’s response to this is ignorance, not deliberately on his part, he takes note of other things that can only affect him demonstrating how society has actually likewise disregarded the issue of Crooks and the numerous individuals that may be going through the same scenario.
A sense of wanting to belong to something besides yourself that includes loneliness is also touched upon in the novel by the character Crooks. “… If you … people would desire a hand to work for nothing-just his keep, why I ‘d come an’ assist” (Page 76). Criminals is informing Lennie and Sweet he would likewise like to join them on their strategy to purchase a ranch. He says it reluctantly initially due to the fact that he doesn’t wish to get his hopes up thinking they will let him and after that be pull down by their rejection. He wants to go anywhere life takes him since he doesn’t have a specific place he can call home.
Not long after George is available in and he discusses he was just kidding but in truth he wants to choose them and seem like for when in a very long time he might feel like he belongs someplace. After a while of this concept sinking into the state of mind of the society, people end up being accustomed to and accept this unhappy way of being. “You got no best to come in my space. This here’s my room. No one got any right in here but me” (Page 68). Crooks is accustomed to not having anybody near him and he puts his guard up.
The hostility he shows may be due to the fact that of him resenting his situation and wishing to shy away from the prejudice that the rest of the characters might have for him. This is the author’s way of representing the kind of people that were disregarded or looked down upon and given that Lennie is a main character and were are practically represented by him since of his childish view of the world. When Crooks tries to terrify Lennie by saying George wouldn’t come back it represents Crooks wanting to transcend to society as a whole.
Although the black population at the time was having problem with bias, another minority of individuals were also being quelched by society and in turn, loneliness takes into impact. The female population of the time was extremely repressed and a sense of male dominance was present. The character of Curley’s better half represents the treatment of ladies at this time. “You can talk to individuals but I can’t talk with no one however Curley. Else he gets mad. How ‘d you like not to speak to anybody?” (Page 87).
Curley’s spouse here is speaking to Lennie but he neglects this due to the fact that he is too busy thinking of his bunnies so once again she does not actually have anyone there to talk to her and listen which is what she really desires. It is obvious that she is very lonesome. Curley likewise gets mad because she is extremely flirty. Curley was jealous the immediate he saw Lennie due to the fact that he is bigger than him showing Curley isn’t a good person and his partner even confesses to Lennie that he doesn’t like Curley, he isn’t a nice guy. “Why can’t I talk to you? I never ever get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonesome” (Page 86).
In this quote it resembles if she were crying for assistance. She sees a possibility to rid herself of her solitude and even tried to flirt with Lennie. George informs Lennie to not speak with her because Curley will find any reason he can to fight him. So when he attempts to overlook her she gets upset because she feels as if her being wed to Curley stops people from speaking to her. All of these sensations of isolation and “An what am I doing? Standin’ here talkin’ to a lot of bindle stiffs- a nigger an’ a dum-dum and a lousy ol’ sheep- an’ likin’ it because they ain’t no one else” (Page 78).
Here she is mad due to the fact that she does not want to exist but she actually has no other choice. She points out that she satisfied a man who might have made her popular and put her in photos, but she never ever got the letter from that man so she could not live her dream, her explanation for never ever receiving a letter was blaming it on her mom. So she essentially has no place else to go. She also speaks to them in that manner due to the fact that she was to feel more important than them. She calls them by those names to feel as if she is the one in charge of them and in such a way she actually is. She threatens to hang Crooks and he feels threatened quickly afterwards.
This shows that her isolation also comes from anger and resentment. Sweet is a character that is used to represent all the senior or all the people who could not work because of a special needs his being not having his right hand. The sensation of loneliness can make an individual emotional and desperate to the point where death appears like a much better choice. When the character Candy states “When they can me here I want’t somebody ‘d shoot me, but they will not do nothing like that, I will not have no place to go, an’ I can’t get say goodbye to jobs” (Page 60) the author embodies him as this desperation that many individuals have.
What makes his situation even worse is that he is also old and handicapped and reveals his frustration in this quote too. The author represents the problem of the older generation and the problems they need to do handle all on their own. The desperation that the author is trying to represent in Sweet is additional heightened when he hears that George and Lennie want to get their own ranch. “I ‘d make a will an’ leave my share to you guys in case I start, ’cause I ain’t got no relatives nor nothing”(Page 59). Sweet provides George and Lennie all of his cash so that he might go with them and live with them on the ranch.
The author even more supports the concept of older and less fortunate in regrettable scenarios without any one there to provide support. The loneliness that sweet displays does a great job of conveying this and you end up sensation sorry for him. Only somebody pushed to that level of loneliness and desperation wants to offer everything he owns to simply have some friendship and feel a part of something bigger than himself. Although the author relates these concepts of isolation and embodies them in the characters, the general attitude of the novel likewise demonstrates how solitude was a typical thing.
When the character candy says “A person on a ranch do not never listen nor he don’t ast no questions,” he shows the separation that individuals are used to having, separating themselves from other individuals keeping themselves from bonding with other individuals and creating their own unhappiness. This theme is touched upon in the novel in lots of circumstances. When George and Lennie appear to the ranch together, the other ranchers discover it odd that they’re traveling together due to the fact that they’re utilized to seeing people traveling alone.
In Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck uses the characters Crooks, Curley’s other half and Candy to show that isolation is sadly a part of life that everyone needs to fight versus. Steinbeck uses a smart way of making characters each represent a person or individuals because time of anxiety. The unique works still today due to the fact that the themes of loneliness are universal. Everybody in the end has to battle this and follow the examples of the characters in the story, and not become the one who is excluded, the person who is repressed, and the old man who is alone worldwide.