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The novella ” Of Mice And Men ” by John Steinbeck,  teach the readers that the idea of loneliness and isolation causes all types of people to feel depressed. For the itinerant workers in the ranch during the 1930’s.  The book describes how lonely life can be. Loneliness causes people to feel unoccupied , alone, powerless, or can lead to low self esteem and death. The characters Candy, Crook and Curley’s wife struggles from loneliness, all of these characters are a little different to the others from the ranch. Throughout the novel, ” Of Mice and Men,”  Steinbeck demonstrates that the victim of loneliness will often crave human contact which makes it difficult to form connections with other people. First of all, Candy is an old man in the ranch and had lost his hands. He is afraid that he will eventually be tossed out because he will not be useful anymore. Candy’s dog is his only companion, and when the dog was shot by Carlson, he suffered from extreme loneliness. “I’d make a will an’ leave my share to you guys in case kick off, ’cause I ain’t got no relatives nor nothing. You guys got any money? Maybe we could do her right now?” (Steinbeck pg.59) Candy is so desperate to feel needed and cared for in the ranch that he offers to pay the payment for the dream farm with George and Lennie. Candy feels powerless and is afraid to die alone in the future. He does not work along the side of the other men, and he sees that the only way out of this was to be included in George and Lennie’s dream.          Secondly, Crooks is the most isolated character on the barn and he was not allowed to stay in the bunkhouse with the other guys and on top of being black, he also has a crippled back. He got physical disability and guys used to beat him up as a entertainment. He is just sort out of place here and they will not let Crooks join in any of their games. “Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I’m stink. Well, I tell you, all of you stink to me.” (Steinbeck pg.68) Crooks demonstrates loneliness because he is the only black men on the ranch. He feel isolated from the others, and he lives in his own room. He spends most of his time alone reading books, he also need companion. He has been isolated for so long that he is afraid of making friends. Steinbeck shows Crooks’ loneliness and insecurity when he becomes part of the dream farm of Lennie and George. Crook promises to work for nothing as long as he won’t be “put out.” Like all the others he wants to have a place where he could be included. Thirdly, Curley’s wife is the only girl in the story. She always wore wrong clothes, she’s too dressed up in the ranch. She ain’t just looking for Curley’s attention, she’s just lonely and she’s just looking for a companion to flirt with. “Well, I ain’t giving you no trouble. Think I like to stick in that house all time?” (Steinbeck pg.77) She is beautiful and  flirtatious with the farmhands on the ranch. One would imagine that she won’t be lonely. Curley does not keep company to his wife and would threatens all of the other men in the ranch who speaks to his wife. She seeks attention from Lennie. Her loneliness and desire for interaction eventually cause her death. In conclusion, Steinbeck used the theme of loneliness in the characters Candy, Crooks, Curley’s wife. Candy is old and had lost his hand, therefore, he feel that he will be tossed out because his unable to work. He loses his beloved dog, which made him feel lonely in the ranch. Crooks is the only black man in the ranch, because of prejudicial treatment by others, he has been struggling with loneliness. Curley’s wife is flirtatious, beautiful and is the only girl in the ranch. She felt isolated because Curley would not keep her company and because of extreme loneliness she eventually dies. Loneliness affects people of all types and it plays into our state of mind. Steinbeck shows us that people need human interactions in everyday life.