Friendship needs no wordsit is a loneliness relieved of the anguish of loneliness. – Dag Hammarskjold. Without friends, people begin to suffer loneliness and solitude. In Of Mice and Men, the characters of Crooks and Curleys wife suffer loneliness stemmed from some form of rejection. Both of them are desperate to find an escape from their loneliness or some easy way to cope with their seclusion from the rest of the society. Crooks is a black man that experiences isolation because the society that he lives in is racist.
A guy goes nuts if he aint got nobody I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick. Crooks loneliness is a result of rejection from everyone else on the ranch. He is forced to live alone in a barn, let to work only with the horses. Crooks spends most of his time reading. The only relationship he can find is with his books. When Lennie enters his room, Crooks is interested in Lennies relationship with George. Well spose, jus spose he dont come back. Crooks wants to make people understand and maybe even have sympathy for his situation.
Crooks becomes so desperate for a relationship that he offers his services to George and Lennie for free, just to escape his loneliness. Curleys wife, Mae, is married to a man that gives her little attention and none of his time. Mae dresses and acts like a tart to gain attention on the ranch in order to soothe her loneliness. Because she is the only woman on the ranch, her flirting causes the men on the ranch to want to avoid her. Whas the matter with me? Aint I got a right to talk to nobody? The men dont want any trouble from her husband. Mae struggles to find someone in her society to consult with.
First published in 1937, Of Mice and Men is an American based novel by John Steinbeck. George and Lennie are two ranch hands that travel together, with George watching over the mentally inferior Lennie. When they start work at a new ranch, several different characters are introduced. One affliction that seems to face several characters is loneliness, created by factors such as the character s ...
She finally seeks out someone who doesnt know any better than to talk to her. Once she found that person, Lennie, her lonliness is sotthed permanently. Loneliness is an emotion even the strongest cant avoid. In the story, one can find many cases of loneliness, mainly a result of discrimination or prejudice. Crooks was an outcast from society because of his race. Mae was to be avoided at all costs simply because she was a woman in a mans world.
In both cases, they tried to cope with their loneliness by taking interest in Lennie and Georges relationship, and both were no better off at the conclusion of the story..