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A guy goes nuts if he aint got nobody Dont matter no difference who the guy is long as hes with you I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick A major theme in Steinbecks novel Of Mice and Men is how people suffer from loneliness The characters Crooks Candy and Curleys wife each suffers the severity of their own seclusion Crooks the stable buck is a black man that experiences isolation in terms of racism For example he is forced to live alone in a separated room in the barn Crooks had his bunk in the harness room a little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn Because the setting of this book takes place during the 1930s discrimination unfortunately still existed The farmhands feel that since he is black he is not worthy of living with the rest of them and as a result they would - if ever - come into his room and talk to him He Crooks kept this distance and demanded that other people keep theirs Furthermore his separation from others causes his severe loneliness He spends his nights reading and his days alone in the barn looking after the horses Crooks distance from others eventually causes his downfall We find discrimination being the major cause of this characters loneliness Crook is treated as an outcast and an underling and is forced to find friendship in the only thing he can the books he reads Therefore the emotional pain of Crooks is evident of him suffering from his loneliness Candy the old swapper was also victimized by isolation as a result of two main factors his disability and his old age Throughout the book he was secluded from the rest of the people on the ranch For instance when the farmhands are out bucking the barley Candy is
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