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Breaking the Loneliness In John Steinbecks Of Mice and Men loneliness is one of the many underlying themes that is expressed in the novel through many of its characters Some of the factors of this human isolation are age sexism and racism Despite the on-going struggle to prevent its occurrence loneliness is also a feeling a large number of people experience from day to day in our society In the novel Candy is a lonely and disabled elderly man who feels isolated from the rest of the younger workers on the ranch Candy knows that society rejects seniors such as himself because they are stereotyped as useless and unproductive citizens Carlson symbolizes society in the novel as Candys dog is a symbol for the elderly He aint no good to you Candy An he aint no good himself Whynt you shoot him Candy 44 Candys dog old and frail like his owner is his only companion and once he is put out of his misery Candy is left completely alone in the world He turns to George and Lennie who reluctantly at first agree to include him in on their plans of one day owning their own farm Today seniors are still slightly perceived as somewhat incompetent for they are frail and lack the muscle power they once possessed They often have trouble walking the same distances they walked when they were younger Many also cannot exert the same strength they once were able to When they are no longer capable of tending to themselves many relatives have them placed in senior homes to be taken care of by complete strangers This puts them in isolation away from the rest of the world The reason why many elderly people are owners of pets is because they long for their company and unconditional companionship something the rest of the world is blindly incapable of offering The only difference Animals are not dismissive and uncompassionate creatures
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