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of mice and men


            Throughout the world, people have shown loneliness. The characters in Of mice and Men showed just that. Three characters that showed loneliness the most throughout the book were Candy, Crooks, and Curley's wife. .
             Crooks, the stable buck, showed his loneliness the most throughout the book. He lived all by himself, in a separated room, in the barn, because he was black. "[Crooks] had his bunk in the harness room; a little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn" (pg. 66). People would rarely, if ever, come into his room and talk to him. "He [Crooks] kept his distance and demanded that other people keep theirs" (pg. 67). Being separated like that made Crooks very lonely. Later when Crooks and Lennie were talking, it was a one-sided conversation, but Crooks was still glad to have someone to talk to. Crooks also knew that it was safe for him to talk to Lennie because Lennie wouldn't remember what he said. "I seen it over an' over--a guy talkin' to another guy and it don't make no difference. George can tell you screwy things and it don't matter, it's just a guy bein' with another guy, that's all" (pg. 71). During this conversation with Lennie, Crooks tells Lennie things he wouldn't tell anyone else because Lennie wouldn't understand or remember what he said and he would be safe. "A guy sets alone out here at night . . . sometimes he gets thinking' an' he got nothing to tell what's so an' what ain't so. Maybe if he sees somethin' he don't know whether it right or not" (pg. 73). If someone was there with Crooks, he could tell Crooks what was there or what was going on. Then when Candy came into the room, they started talking about their dream house and living off the land; Crooks wanted to join in. "If you. . . guys would want a hand to work for nothing--just his keep, why I'd come an' lend a hand. I ain't so crippled I can't work like a son-of-a-bitch if I wanted to" (pg. 76). Crooks was willing to give up everything he had, just to make his dream come true.


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