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gg123 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

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Paragraph : How is the theme of loneliness developed in this chapter? (Think about the characters: Lennie, Crooks, Candy and Curley's wife).

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ementz | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 10, 2010 at 6:14 AM (Answer #1)

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Lennie- no one really understands him

Crooks- Being the only black man on the ranch, has made Crooks have a hard personailty. He has no friends, or anyone to talk to. The owner forces him to work with the animals instead of people. He doesn't want to be friends with Lennie because he thinks he will get hurt in the process.

Candy- After his dog dies, Candy grives and wants his dog back. His dog was his only friend. Plus, unlike the other men, his dog cared for him.

Curley's wife- She just wants attention. The guys call her a 'slut' because she isn't loved. If Curley loved her the right way, she wouldn't bother the men. Curley's wife is the only women on the ranch, and isn't treated right. This makes her act like a slut, because she just wants someone to talk to.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 9, 2009 at 11:23 PM (Answer #2)

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You have not specified which section you are referring to and rather than give you exactly the answer you are after I am going to give you some pointers for you to refer back to the section, re-read it and pick out some quotes.

Loneliness is certainly one of the key themes of this novel. George introduces this theme early in the novel when he tells Lennie that their job as ranch hands is one of the loneliest jobs there is. Those who are dependent upon migratory labour rarely have any chance to develop friendships as they travel alone and do not stay in any one place for long. As the story develops, all of the characters you have mentioned confess their deep loneliness. It is interesting to note that they confess these feelings to complete strangers - hinting at the desperation they feel to find some friendship. Strangers must do where there are no friends. Each of these characters are searching for a friend, or as Crooks says, "someone to help them measure the world". However, tragically, the novel seems to suggest that this kind of friendship is impossible to achieve in the world of Of Mice and Men. For George, his dream of combatting loneliness through his relationship with Lennie dies with the gunshot that kills Lennie, and we predict that he will spend the rest of his days alone.  

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