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Profundo En El Corazn de la SoledadJohn Steinbecks novel Of Mice and Men exudes loneliness to such a degree thatit nearly overwhelms the reader The environment and the characters work together toinextricably pull the reader into this lonely world and never truly releases its melancholyA few miles south of Soledad Steinbeck pg 1 With this opening phraseSteinbeck prepares the reader for the ever constant feeling of loneliness which flowseffortlessly through every chapter of the story Soledad is Spanish for loneliness and allthe characters in the story are already a few miles past Soledad Steinbeck goes on in theopening pages to describe the emptiness of the glade wherein Lennie and George areintroduced This glade is also the final scene of the story where Lennie is killed and thereader is left alone as the characters walk awayCrooks distracts himself from his loneliness with books He also puts on a bit ofa show how he doesnt want anything to do with any of the other workers because theydont want anything to do with him When Lennie forces his way into Crooks roomhowever Crooks whines Books aint no good A guy needs somebody -- to be nearhim 80 And when it appears to Crooks that George Lennie and Candy mightactually be able to get their own farm he jumps on the opportunity to change his lot inlife that of a lonely segregated Negro farmhand He goes so far as to say If youguys would want a hand to work for nothing -- just his keep why Id come an lend ahand 84 Hes willing to give up his monthly pay and work for food and lodging justto be able to speak to other peopleCandy is a stereotypical lonely old man He has his lonely old dog that is killedearly on in the story which makes him an even more pathetic character On the verynight he loses his dog he overhears George and Lennie discussing the plans for theirdream-farm Without
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