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Loneliness affects many of the characters and Steinbeck seems to show that it is a natural and inevitable result of the kind of life they are forced to lead The itinerant workers are caught in a trap of loneliness - they never stay in one place long enough to form permanent relationships Even if such relationships existed they would probably be destroyed by the demands of the itinerant life Lets examine the lonely situation of some of the characters see how they try to deal with it and the result Candy is lonely because he is old and is different from the other hands His only comfort is his old dog which keeps him company and reminds him of days when he was young and whole He has no relatives and once his dog is killed is totally alone He eagerly clutches at the idea of buying a farm with George and Lennie but of course this all comes to nothing Candys disappointment is expressed in the bitter words he utters to the body of Curleys wife whom he blames for spoiling his dream George is also caught in the trap of loneliness Just as Candy has his dog for company George has Lennie who is often described in animal-like terms Continuing the parallel George too is left completely alone when Lennie is killed The dream farm is his idea and he says Wed belong there no more runnin around the country Another lonely character is Curleys wife Newly married and in a strange place she is forbidden by Curley to talk to anyone but him To counter this she constantly approaches the ranch hands on the excuse of looking for Curley The only result is that the men regard her as a tart with a roving eye Finally her loneliness leads to her death as she makes the serious error of trying to overcome it by playing the tease
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