“He says hes gonna put me on the movies”. “Soons hes got back from Hollywood”. This shows that she deserved something better than being Curley’s Wife and she also had hopes and dreams of being a movie star however as time passes by her chances of being a movie star is fading away. Curley’s Wife wants attention and is known for her beauty. I know this because the narrator states, “a girl was standing there looking in, she had full rouged lips and wide spaced eyes heavily made up…
” This shows me that she is the only women in the ranch and is using her sexuality to gain attention from the other men in the ranch. On the other hand Candy, Crooks and George see her as a “rat trap” and “jail-bait”. Secondly, Curleys Wife is the only female and Steinbeck describes her as being alone because she has no female friends, therefore the men are her only option but they do not want to become friends with her because they fear they might lose their jobs.
She says directly to Lennie “think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever once in a while” this shows me that she is trying to explain to Lennie that she desperately needs someone to talk to as she never does because no one hardly listens to her problems. Curley’s Wife threatens people when they don’t want to talk to her. When Crooks told her to leave his room because he did not want any trouble she said: “Listen, nigger, you know what I can do to you if you open your trap” and then again “You know what I could do? ” I could get you strung upon a tree so easy it ain’t even funny.
” She can threaten Crooks like this, because he has no power because he is black. Crooks knows this, that’s why he could not say anything but “Yes, ma’am” when she threatened him. This makes me think that even if she is lonely she also can be unpleasant for example when she went into Crooks room to talk to someone and by the time no one wanted to chat to her, she completely got annoyed and started picking on them: “You bindle bums think you are so god damn good”” She just kept going “every body is out doing something and what am I doing!
Standing here talking to bunch of bindle stiffs-a nigger and a dum-dum and a lousy old sheep. ” Here we could actually see how cruel she might get when nobody wants to talk to her. I think the aspect of the 1930 candy represents is that people were tired of getting criticised just because they were useless and that they needed a companion and someone they could talk to. Candy is an old swamper in the ranch. Candy has been working in the ranch for such a long time. Candy also has not got any true friends in the ranch.
He only had a close relationship with an old dog that he had had from a pup. He lost a hand in an accident with a machine so, they just gave him a swamping job because he was old, one handed and useless to do other hard jobs. The quote “he pointed with his right arm, and out of the sleve came a round stick-like wrist, but no hand” shows us that he had one hand and that he had to work with his left hand and was also was a waste of time at doing difficult jobs. “The old swamper shifted his broom”.
This straight away gives two clues about Candy that he is a “swamper” and “old” Candy regrets not killing his dog and is also disrespected. I know this because Candy quotes “I ought to have shot that dog myself, George I ought not to have let a stranger shoot my dog” this shows me that Candy was unhappy and regretted not doing it himself as the dog was his responsibility. This links to the end of the story when George kills Lennie, which makes me, think that Candy should have been the last one to see his dog.
However Candy is also disrespected by his fellow companions for e. g. when Carlson discriminates Candy by quoting “the dog cant see and cant even walk without getting hurt” this gives me a hint that they hate both candy and his dog because they are both handicapped and old. Candy’s best companion was the dog because he had no family and friends that were close to him. Candy is always left behind and is never listened to because when Curley’s Wife calls him “a lousy ol’ sheep” it makes me think that she is taking advantage over crippled old Candy.
Candy is never listened to because when Curley’s Wife calls him “a lousy ol’ sheep” he decides to tell the boss but he knows no one will listen to him. Therefore nobody actually cares what he thinks or what he wants. John Steinbeck gives the reader a clue by writing his name as “Old Candy” in novel of mice and men. Candy is always left behind the perfect example for this is when everyone goes off to take Curley to the hospital, go out of the city for drinks and lynch Lennie when he trys to escape, Candy is told to stay behind, cleaning and sitting miserably.
I know this because Slim quotes ” you stay here with her then” this makes me think that Candy is worthless. America was a very racist place in 1950 so Crook’s life probably represents the experience of many black men in America. Crooks is the only Coloured man in Of Mice and Men. He lives away from the others in a packed up room, a little shed that was behind the wall of the barn. This shows us that he was separated from the other men in the ranch. Crooks is a very angry man, especially towards the other men, the main reason is his skin colour and they refer to him using derogatory terms such as a “nigga” or “Negro”.
Crooks is a hunch-backed man, because he was kicked by a horse. . He has not got any friend so he has not got any power in the ranch. I think its because everybody in the ranch treats him with no respect, so he just turned out to be a rude and aggressive. For example; when Lennie went in to Crook’s room just to find somebody to talk to, without even letting Lennie say something Crooks says to him; “you got no right to come in my room. This here’s my room. Nobody got any right in here but me. Go on get out of my room.
” I think this shows how angry Crooks was to the other men in the ranch and Lennie. The loneliest person on the ranch has to be Crooks, who suffers from extreme loneliness because he is black and he is living in a ranch and a surrounding area, which is very racist. When Lennie enters, Crooks is angry because he is not welcomed in the bunkhouse and is not used to company, he is a proud man. Crooks desires a companion, a friendship like George and Lennie, he says, “A guy needs somebody to be near him. ” And “a guy goes nut’s if he ain’t got nobody.
Don’t make no difference who the guy is as long as he’s with you I tell ya’ a guy gets lonely and he gets sick. ” This shows that he desperately needs a friend to talk to and he is at the point where he is becoming emotionally sick of it. In conclusion every character on the ranch suffers from loneliness because they are not in contact with there friends and family but the characters mentioned suffered more because of the lack of communication on the ranch and ability to co-operate together as a group.
Overall I think that “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck is an excellent novel. It has a very clever story line but is easy to understand. I also got a feeling of what it would be like to live in the 1930’s and how lonely and desperate people get to have company. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Steinbeck section.