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During the 1930s the Great Depression hit and there were limited jobs in the country The novel Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck focuses on people venturing out alone to find jobs and in the process you become lonely and you no longer have anyone that cares about you Steinbeck shows that the results of loneliness are having a dream anger and desperation Candy does not want to feel hopeless or useless which makes him find a dream For example when Candy over hears George and Lennie talking about their plan he tells them spose I went in with you guysI aint much good but I could cook and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some 59 Candy wants to be useful to other people so he is not lonely or unable to work because he is old He does not have a hand and has spent most of his life alone and he is no longer useful on the ranch which makes him want to achieve new goals In a similar manner when Crooks and Lennie are talking in Crooks room Candy comes in to tell Lennie I got it figured out We can make some money on them rabbits if we go about in right 75 Candy continues to think about the dream even when George and Lennie are not around which shows that Candy feels less lonely when he thinks about the dream Lennie and George gave Candy a chance to prove that he is important to someone and not just old and worthless Having an objective makes Candy feel optimistic and hopefulCrooks feels mad and reacts with rage and frustration An example of this is when Crooks teases Lennie about George not coming back and Crooks tells him A guy goes nuts if he aint got nobody 72 Crooks knows he is alone and cannot do anything about it and is jealous of Lennie of having a
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