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Loneliness is a state of being alone in sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned As I understand it loneliness is when a person has no one to talk to no one to confide in nor anyone to keep companionship with Loneliness also makes a person slip into a desolate state which they try to conceal under a tough image and is an emotion even the strongest cannot avoid In his novel Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck deals with loneliness by looking for comfort in a friend but settling for the attentive ear of a stranger Although they seem at ease and friendly on the surface a deep sense of loneliness lingers in the hearts of Crooks George and Curleys wife to which they are desperate to find an escape from to cope with their seclusion from the rest of society Crooks a lively sharp-witted black stablehand who takes his name from his crooked back leads a lonely life He lives according to the rule that no black man is allowed to enter a white mans home Crooks loneliness is a result of rejection from everyone else on the ranch He is forced to live alone in a barn where he lives his life in isolation because of his colour which was an issue in those days When Lennie visits him in the room Crooks reactions reveal the fact that he is lonely As a black man with a physical handicap Crooks is forced to live on the border of ranch life He is not even allowed to enter the white mens bunkhouse or join them in a game of cards His resentment typically comes out through his bitter sad and touching vulnerability as he tells Lennie A guy needs somebody--to be near him A guy goes nuts if he aint got nobody Dont make no difference who the guy is longs hes with you I tell ya a guy gets too
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