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A social powerlessness can be said to be the greatest similarity between these characters in Of Mice and Men.
They have no power and they get very little respect. For this reason, they are also each isolated in their own way. This fact is demonstrated when they are all left behind on the night that George, Slim and Curley go to town and leave each of these characters behind.
Lennie is mentally undeveloped and for that reason is low on the social ladder. He doesn't command the same kind of respect that George does, or Slim, or even Carlson.
Candy is old and has only one hand. Curley's wife is a woman with very little ability to articulate herself and who is therefore often misunderstood. Crooks is not white and has a crooked back. The physical prowess of each of these three characters in addition to their demographic identity (what social category they fit into), assigns them to the same social standing as Lennie - at the bottom of the social ladder.
they're all lonely and seperated from other guys on the ranch.
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