They, like many other characters in the novella, had an American Dream. When George and Lennie eventually enter the scene, they are walking one behind the other, showing how they are even isolated amongst themselves. Some of the loneliest characters we come across in the novel are Candy, an old man with only one hand, Crooks, a black cripple and Curley's Wife, a woman who has no name; she is lonely even though she is married. From the very early stages of the novel we find out that verbal abuse is used against Crook by his boss and that Crooks lives by himself. Curley, in other words, is small not in size alone, but also in his petty actions.
Candy is another very lonely character in the novel. Thus, with this association in place, it's clear why Curley is so humiliated following his fight with Lennie. This is counterbalanced very cleverly through the friendships between George and Lennie, two main characters in the novel. Because this happens in the novel and there are so many other lonely characters in the novel, such as Curley, Candy, Crooks and George in the end, the theme of the novel Of Mice and Men is loneliness and the need for companions. All three characters deal with their loneliness by searching for companionship with others on the ranch and this works out differently for each of them. Some of the loneliest characters we come across in the novel are Candy, an old man with only one hand, Crooks, a black cripple and Curley's Wife, a woman who has no name; she is lonely even though she is married. Even if Candy knows all this he cannot let go because he would lose his last and only best friend.
Although all of the characters are lonely in different ways, they share a history that can go some way to account for the loneliness they feel. When people feel lonely their way of lifestyle are different then that of someone's who's not lonely or them if they were not lonely. Although they are all on the ranch together, they are lonely because of who they are and their history. Despite this Crook displays great pride in keeping his room neat and tidy. This is also emphasised by never showing them together in the novel. When they arrived at a ranch many felt intimidated and overwhelmed by the situation.
Indeed, everybody in the novel is exceedingly sad and live in isolation with a special, exceptional case of Slim, confidently unshaken with solitude and isolation. This, however, renders him all the more dangerous, given his crushing strength. Irrespective of the author mentioning the life of the family of Curley in the novel, herthe author never mentions the name to indicate that other characters fear her husband. In the absence of a friend, loneliness and solitude are inevitable. Because of the way they live true friendships are never realized. This quotation shows how there had once been a human presence in the area but now it is isolated. Characters like Crooks, Candy and Curley's wife are particularly isolated in the novel, leading to all of them behaving in strange or unpleasant ways in attempts to alleviate their loneliness.
In scenes such as this one, Steinbeck records a profound human truth: oppression does not come only from the hands of the strong or the powerful. Because Crooks is black, he is shunned by the other men; as we see at the beginning of Chapter Four, he spends his time in his room, alone and bitter. They work on the ranches to earn the money to do this. The word solitaire means to be alone; therefore, George plays solitaire because if he played with Lennie, he would not get anywhere. Moreover, she tries to grab the attention of ranchers due to the flashy dress codes, purposely to soothe her loneliness. Whenever the dream, the hope of all ranchers that one day they will own a ranch is mentioned he dismisses it. She was however almost as much exiled as Crooks, yet she allowed her position on the Ranch manipulate others so she could have friends.
He is a complete outcast and is shut out by society. Friends are the primary components of life needed in the society. Steinbeck shaped the ranch where George Milton and Lennie Small worked in as an isolated and primitive place. This was typical of 1930's America as black people were thought of as inferior to white people. All the characters encounter and face problems and negative feelings due to their deep loneliness and isolation. These men were forced to wander from ranch to ranch seeking temporary employment, to live in bunk houses with strangers, and to suffer the abuses of arbitrary bosses. Her loneliness was not the worst kind.
No-one in the novel finds a friend in the end which is a very pessimistic approach. His loneliness is caused by the prejudice of the other workers; because he is the only black man on the ranch, he is forced to live alone in a shed of the barn, and no one will have any interaction with him. The novel portrays this idea of loneliness throughout John Steinbeck's stimulating and exciting novel. And finally we will point out interesting similarities between certain characters. The uttermost companionless character is Crooks because he is black and all the ranch workers stay away from.
Lennie crushes his hand, which thus symbolizes not only his loss in terms of fighting ability, but also in terms of sexual power. There was a friendship among the workers but as they moved on the friendships did not last. He is angry with her and he is blaming her for ruining the dream. The currency is almost worthless and people can afford little possessions. Without friends, people would suffer from loneliness and solitude. This is the exact situation that two of the novels main characters. George and Lennie are an unlikely pair of friends who are introduced in the beginning.