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Loneliness is a virus that can devour the human spirit This sickness devastates many of the emotionally malnourished characters in John Steinbecks heartbreaking novel Of Mice and Men Candy the aged and disabled swamper is consumed by the loss of his only companion his dog Denied friendship Crooks wastes away alone in his room and shows more than any other character how loneliness eats away at the human soul Curleys wife ignored by her husband and seen by the other ranch hands as a trouble-making tart is starved for attention The characters confide in Lennie and Georges relationship and expose their forms having a companionship like Lennie and GeorgeWithout friends people would suffer from loneliness and solitude Loneliness leads to low self-esteem and deprivation The old swapper has isolated himself on account of two factors Candy lost his hand after getting it caught in a piece of machinery and as a result he is forced to just sweep and clean the ranch Also Candys age adds even more of a feeling of uselessness He looks at himself as an old worthless man wasting away his last few years He is often invited to go out with the other guys but he always refuses due to his low self-esteem An they give two hundred an fifty dollars cause I los my hand An I got fifty more saved up right in the bank right now Thas three hundred and I got fifty more comin the end a the month 58 This quote shows how Candy is easily willing to give every penny that he is worth to join in their dream and break his intense lonelinessCrooks is a black man that is lonely on account of racism He is rejected from every group of people and cant socially interact with others He spends most of his days and nights either reading or working in the barn with the horses The book takes place in the early
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