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OF MICE AND MEN Characters

Uploaded by surfchick on Feb 20, 2005

OF MICE AND MEN

When Crooks says, "...Man got to have some rights even if he don't like 'em"(90), he is referring to the loneliness that haunts all of the characters in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. The story alludes to the fact that the "underdog" is doomed to a life of isolation and cannot change his status through any means. Nearly everyone in the story is a "loner", with no real place to fit in and with no one to confide in. Discrimination because of old age, race, or sex is the cause for isolation for Candy, Crooks, and Curley's wife.

Candy has a lot of things going against him that cause his isolation; he is missing a hand, his dog, a close companion, was murdered in the novel, he is old and troubled that he mite be fired soon with no place to go. In a machinery accident, Candy lost his hand, thus crippling him for the rest of him life. Most of the activities on the farm require physical strength; thus Candy is forced to retire alone to the bunkhouse. This results in an even greater seclusion, for he can not work with the others and is forced to only watch while his fellow workers play horseshoes and cards. He has no one to relate to and experience life with. Candy's closest relationship throughout the novel was with an old, handicapped dog that he had taken care of its whole life. It is Candy's most reliable and trustworthy companion. The relationship between Candy and his dog is like that of Lennie and George; thus the gut wrenching feeling we feel when Lennie is taken from George, is the same type of feeling Candy and his dog go through, when the dog is murdered. Candy is old and powerless and feels as if the only reason he is allowed to stay on the farm is because he lost his hand, however, he feels as if he is useless and that he will be fired soon. Candy has no family or close friends to take care of him when he leaves and he is unable to do any productive work, thus if he gets fired he will have no where to turn to. Unlike Lennie and George, he has no dreams to look forward to in...

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Uploaded by:   surfchick

Date:   02/20/2005

Category:   Literature

Length:   5 pages (1,063 words)

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