He shows his loneliness when Lennie is talking to him in Crooks’s room. Later on in the novella, Candy enters Crooks’ room to talk to Lennie, and he says to Crooks: “’I been here a long time. ‘ Crooks said darkly, ‘Guys don’t come in a colored man’s room very much’” (Steinbeck 75).Crooks is telling Lennie about how it feels to be black and how excluded and isolated he feels: “’Books ain’t no good. When Steinbeck uses the word “darkly” to describe how Crooks replies to Candy’s innocent comment, it reveals to the reader that Crooks feels very irritated and angered due to his isolation from others.
They says he wasn’t no good to himself nor nobody else.
When they can me here I wish’t somebody’d shoot me. I won’t have no place to go, an’ I can’t get no more jobs” (Steinbeck 60).
This leads up to redundant amounts of anger and aggravation.
In result of these emotions, nobody wants to be around Crooks because of his grumpiness, and the cycle begins again.
Loneliness appears in today's world in different cases.
In Of Mice and Men, the characters that present the theme of loneliness are Candy, Curley's wife, George, Crooks, and Curley. He is rejected by the rest of the people for being old and handicapped. I get lonely." Her marriage with Curley did not make her happy, but it made her feel awful and regretful.
Early in the book, George sets the lonely mood by stating to Lennie, "Guys like us that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world." Another significant key to presenting the theme is that George always plays the card game solitaire.
The word solitaire means to be alone; therefore, George plays solitaire because if he played with Lennie, he would not get anywhere.
Candy is especially lonely after Carlson shoots his dog and wishes that he would have shot him himself.
A short while after Carlson shot his dog, Candy says to George, “You seen what they done to my dog tonight?