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The Feeling Only the Lonely could Feel Loneliness is the core of a broken soul It feeds on exile and hate It engulfs dreams pleasures and certain futures Those who live with loneliness everyday cannot express how deep of a feeling it is to have everything you enjoy crushed by the absence of companionship In the novel Of Mice and Men Steinbeck explores the relationship of loneliness to a human being by his three characters Crooks Candy and Curlys wife These characters are an example of how loneliness can effect a persons life forever Crooks is one of the loneliness characters in the book and it is because of prejudice that he suffers this exile The fellow workers on the Ranch cause Crooks not to be a part of their group because of the racism that existed in society in that particular time period Crooks is not allowed to be close friends with anyone or participate in the fun stuff other Ranch workers are able to enjoy These things combined with others cause Crooks to feel inferior and lonely He feels as though there is no one on the Ranch he can be friends with Crooks is one of the loneliest people on the ranch and the saddest because he is unable to do things normal people could do because of his color Candy was a character who felt the despair of loneliness when he was forced to have his best and only friend killed His friend was a loyal and loving sheepdog that grew up with Candy and had stuck with him through thick and thin This destroyed Candys heart and replaced it with an empty pit of loneliness Candy felt he had no one to live for anymore This is a horrible tragedy because Candy allowed the lonesomeness to devour his hopes of living Curlys wife was
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