Within this essay, I am going to have a discussion about some very different characters in John Steinbeck’s,” Of Mice and Men”. Each character is very different but all appear to have loneliness in common. One is a very intelligent man, George, who travels with and looks after a powerfully strong yet gentle man named Lennie, who has the mental age of a child. Another character, Crooks, keeps himself to himself as he is a black man and believes that no white man should interact with him. Candy, an elderly man, which I shall discuss and show his despair of when he looses his dog. Curley’s wife seeks the attention of the men on the ranch, as her husband isn’t giving her any consideration. Loneliness affects several characters in the novel and at one point or another are dreaming of a changed life. The first character I’m going to speak about is George. George looks after a mentally disabled man named Lennie. They both travel together but he constantly says he could do better without Lennie, he can be spiteful to him but this is due to frustration.
"Guys like us that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place.”
George can never stay at a job for long, as Lennie gets them into terrible trouble and they have to leave immediately. George feels like he’s missing out on a life that could be great without having to care for Lennie. For example, missing out on the freedom the other men have like going into town at night and meeting people. George feels obliged to stay with Lennie, making sure he doesn’t get into any trouble and on doing this he‘s alienating himself. On the other hand, George is grateful that he has someone to go around with and that they keep each other company. He knew their weren’t many guys go around in pairs and some of the men wish they had a friendship like George and Lennie’s .
The other main character in the story is Lennie. Lennie is looked after by a man called George. Lennie is a very large man compared to George and has amazing strength, but has the mind of a child. He takes certain precautions and listens to whatever George or other people tell him so he will not lose the opportunity to have such items as his puppy. Lennie loves to stroke soft things and means no harm by doing this, but he doesn’t know his uncontrollable strength. This gets them into serious trouble because people get the wrong idea of what Lennie is doing, this is why they lost there last jobs.
Lennie said, "George."
"I done another bad thing."
"It don’t make no difference," George said, and he fell silent again.
Loneliness has made Lennie want a better life for himself. This involves these soft items and the dream for his/George's farm. He believes, at the farm he will not have to deal with all the problems that he has now. Lennie became unrealistic in many ways because of both his condition and his loneliness. At the end of the story Lennie forgets to listen to what George has said to him and accidently kills the puppy. Lennie knows he’s done wrong but didn’t mean it. He then is comforted by Curley’s wife and forgets what George has said again. Curley’s wife leads Lennie to touching her hair and accidently chocking her to death.
The next character I’m going to write about is Candy. Candy is the ranch hand in the story. He’s pretty useless, physically, as he had one of his hands cut off in a machine. Candy’s only companion is his dog. His dog is very old and can’t do much anymore either. The men on the ranch tell him he should shoot him to put him out of misery. His dog is very important to him and he couldn’t bare to shoot him, so he agrees that Carlson does it for him. Candy is distraught when his dog dies, he doesn’t know what to do anymore.