"Of Mice and Men," by John Steinbeck.

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Essay Question: Describe how loneliness affected three of the characters from 'Of Mice and Men,' and also discuss what leads up to their loneliness, and in the end, tragedy.

Description: In the novel "Of Mice and Men," by John Steinbeck, loneliness is one of the key factors of the tragic final events. This essay describes the loneliness of three different characters, and what events led up to them having that loneliness. I chose to write on the loneliness of Crooks, Candy, and Curley's wife, because in my mind they are the loneliest characters.


Of Mice and Men


"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world."(Pg. 13) People on ranches generally are lonely because they have nobody in their lives. This is displayed by John Steinbeck in "Of Mice and Men." The three characters that come to mind when I think of loneliness are Crooks, Candy, and Curley's wife.

They are by far the loneliest three characters in the story.

To start, Candy is most likely the least lonely of the three. For example, when Carlson wants to kill Candy's dog and Candy says that the dog is all he has. He probably is very emotionally attached to the dog. With his resistance to letting Carlson shoot the dog, he shows that it really is the only thing left in his life that he loves. In addition, Candy is very eager to get in on the ranch with George and Lennie. He is lonely and desperately wants a friend. He also fears that they will annul his employment at the ranch. Furthermore, Candy is very disappointed when they find out that Lennie killed Curley's wife, because it means they won't be able to buy the ranch anymore. Candy was relying on...