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Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty-Mother Teresa The dark feeling of loneliness is an element of life that is inevitable to all Like a parasite loneliness is a virus eating away at the soul In his novel Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck exemplifies the loneliness of life on a California ranch Steinbeck accomplishes this through the use of his characters as well as the name of the town Crooks George and Curleys wife- all hold the sentiment of loneliness in their hearts From the beginning of the story the tone of loneliness is depicted through the title of the town Soledad Soledad is short for the towns full name Nuestra Senora de Soledad which means Our Lady of Loneliness With a name like this the town and places around it carry a negative aura The people who live in the town and all who come to visit are engulfed by its solitude The characters such as Crooks George and Curleys wife struggle to overcome the loneliness while pursuing their dreams Crooks a sparkling sharp-witted black stable hand who takes his name from his crooked back leads a solitary life Crooks loneliness is a product 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 the color of his skin 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 Crooks inner pain is revealed in his comment to 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
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