"Of Mice and Men" is a play written by John Steinbeck that focuses on life during the mid 1930's. This play has many recurring themes, and one of these themes is that of loneliness. This loneliness is because of the intolerance of society on those who are different. The underlying, yet stunningly obvious, theme of loneliness can be found in many characters with many examples. This loneliness due to isolation and intolerance is found in the characters of Candy, because he is old and useless; Crooks, because he is black and crippled; and Curley's wife, because she is a beautiful woman and the only girl on and all guy ranch. The first character which has the theme of loneliness wrapped around him is Candy. Candy is an old man who is missing his right hand. According to his description in the play, Candy is "A stoop-shouldered old man, dressing in blue jeans and a denim coat...his right hand is gone at the wrist" (p. 4). His handicap happened on the farm "[Candy] lost [his] hand r!
ight here on the ranch. That's why they didn't can [him]." (p. 14). Candy owns a dog. The other men on the ranch cannot stand the sight or smell of Candy's dog. When Candy is confronted by Carlson "Gosh that dog stinks. Get him outa here, Candy?You got to
This shows how badly Crooks wants company. They figure that if they were to do anything to her that she would somehow get them fired "Get going. Crooks is a character in the play that stands out because he is black where everyone else is white, crippled while everyone else is healthy, and good at horseshoes where nobody else is. When looking at "Of Mice and Men" it is awfully hard to not recognize the theme of loneliness. In the end of this confrontation, Candy ends up being forced to let his dog be killed by Carlson "I'll put the old devil outa his misery right now and get it over with. Candy is an isolated and lonely old man in John Steinbeck's play "Of Mice and Men" because he has nothing to great to contribute to the rest of the ranch. Crooks states "Guys don't come into a colored man's room. 1 Steinbeck wrote 17 novels, numerous short stories, several plays, and some nonfiction . Other characters that suffer from loneliness are Curley and Slim as well as Lennie. The character of Crooks is a good example of this in "Of Mice and Men". There ain't nothing' left for him" (p. She does not love Curley "I don't like Curley. His main themes involved the struggles of the poor and the oppressed to survive in modern society, and the confrontation between man and his destiny. Not only were African American people isolated and not tolerated during the 1930's, they were also disc!riminated against.