In this post, I'm going to be talking a bit about the characters and why they are lonely and the incidents they were involved in: I'm going to "blab" about three different characters in the book who are the supporting characters. Curley's wife, Crooks and Candy.
Of Mice and Men is a brilliant book wonderfully written by John Steinbeck who later became a Nobel Prize winner. It's set during the Great Depression in California, United States. It features two migrant workers named George and Lennie who keep travelling place to place together. They hope that they will own a ranch in the forest of their own some day but they need the money to hopefully afford their dreams.
The first of the characters I'm going to do in order is Curley's wife:
- Why lonely?
Curley's wife was involved in a small incident when she was in Crooks' separate bunkhouse with Lennie and Candy inside. Crooks tells her to leave - but Curley's wife starts to threaten him and calling him "negro" and threatening to have him "lynched" (hanged).
The biggest incident that Curley's wife was involved was towards the end when Lennie was in the barn crying over his dead pup, and then she tries to comfort Lennie and for a while it seemed to work. She let Lennie stroke her hair while they were in a topic of "soft things". Lennie kept on "mussing" up her hair and then she started to panic and then Lennie accidentally broke her neck and she was killed instantly. John Steinbeck said in an interview that Curley's wife wasn't a person but a bad symbol towards poor Lennie.
Now, onto Crooks
While Lennie came into Crook's ranch - and at first Crooks was unwelcoming towards Lennie saying "he ain't got no right to come in here". While Lennie was being friendly towards Crooks, so Crooks invited him inside. At first, Crooks was teasing Lennie because he says that what would Lennie do if George never returned back - at first Lennie was worried and then grabbed Crooks really frightened. Crooks realised that the joke went too far and ended it.
While Lennie and Candy were occupied in Crook's bunkhouse - Curley's wife shows up asking if "Curley was here?" - of course, Candy and Crooks weren't very welcoming towards Curley's wife and asking her to leave while she was talking to Lennie about how Curley's hand got injured (by Lennie of course). So, Curley's wife turns to Crooks and using racial words towards him and threatens to report to the boss (or Curley) and accusing her for being raped (which is all a lie) and have Crooks "sprung up a tree" which meant being executed.
Last but not least - Candy:
- Why lonely?
That's my talk about the Lonliness theme of Of Mice and Men done - if I can, I might post another Lonliness theme with different characters because there are a lot of lonely characters in the book. That's really what the theme is - one of the lines in the book is that "rancers are the lonliest people in the world".
See you folks.
P.S. The Fantasia mosaics will probably not be posted until Sunday because I will be out all day tomorrow with friends at Basingstoke Gym from 10am to 10pm which will be a very busy day.