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In terms of emotional stability there is only one thing in life that is really needed and that is friends Without friends people would suffer from loneliness and solitude Loneliness leads to low self-esteem and deprivation In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck the characters Crooks Candy and Curleys wife all exhibit some form of loneliness They are driven towards the curiosity of George and Lennies friendship because they do not have that support in their life Through his novel Of Mice and Men Steinbeck demonstrates that often times a victim of isolation will have a never-ending search to fulfill a friendship Crooks is a black man that experiences isolation because the society in which he resides is racist As a result the previous quote was his means of finding a personal connection to Lennie Like Lennie Crooks has a relationship with loneliness He knows that when people get lonely they tend to get sick Crooks is rejected from every group of people and cannot socially interact with others Although discrimination is still present during the time period of the book Crooks still attempts to make friends Others treat Crooks unjust because he is different from others given that he is black He does not know how to treat others because of the way others treat him with disrespect Furthermore he does not know how to vent his frustration and as a result lashes out at others because they are cruel to him Crooks is not allowed to participate in daily events with white people He is treated unfairly and therefore acts the same way toward the white people the ones who offended him Nobody likes to be forced to live in a barn let alone to work only with the horses Crooks spent most of his nights reading and he keeps away from others because of the
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