Essay title: Of Mice and Men (loneliness)
However, there are particular people in the ranch who have lonelier lives than others.
The loneliest person on the ranch has to be Crooks, who suffers from extreme loneliness because he is black and he is living in a ranch and the surrounding area which is very racist. He lives by himself, because the other men do not like him. He does not take part in any of the social activities in the ranch and is left out completely. He is so lonely that he turns to books, which soon becomes boring and he will become lonely again. He is so desperate for company and for someone to talk, even though he does not really show it. When Lennie comes into his room he just talks and doesn't care if Lennie is listening or not, because he is so desperate.
Crooks says to Lennie "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" (p.105) This shows that he desperately needs a friend to talk to and he is at the point where he is becoming emotionally sick of it. In a way this point made by Crooks shows that George and Lennie support each other from being very lonely, even if Lennie is as thick as an ape, he still disables George from being lonely. George and Lennie have something which all the men on the ranch envy and that is friendship.
Crooks calls Lennie "nuts" and does not believe that Lennie will own his own land with George and Candy. He exclaims "An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'. It's just in their head.
" (p.106) This shows that he has no hope for the future and that he has no belief in men from that ranch going to heaven or a better place. Crooks is probably the loneliest character in the ranch with Curley's wife. There are two characters that we never get to know the name, they are the boss and Curley's wife. The boss does not seem to be friends with any of the men, maybe to keep his place as higher than everyone else, or in case he has to sack one of the workers. However, there is prove that he is not friendly person as he does not seem to understand friendship between two people. Such as where George told The Boss tat they travel together, he replied "What stake you got in this guy? You takin' his pay away from him? (p.
43) This show that nobody understands friendship, as it does not exist on the ranch. Curley's wife is controlled by her husband, who does not let her speak to any of the men on the ranch, which leads her into being lonely. Even though Curley's wife is mentioned frequently, we never know what her name is. This just shows how people do not care for others, leading to loneliness. I think all the men do not consider her as a normal human being, but and object. None of the men are to scared to talk to her in case Curley becomes jealous and wants to start a fight.
She has no female friends on the ranch, so.