Loneliness is a recurring theme in the novel Mice of Men

Loneliness is a recurring theme in the novel Mice of Men, John Steinbeck portrays loneliness through the lives of Candy, Curley’s wife and Crooks. In all of their lives each of their lives isolation and abandonment. They all struggle with isolation that is based off characteristics that none of of them can controls like their physical characteristics.
Crooks the african-american man that works on the farm as a stable buck is isolated and forced to be lonely just because he is black. Since he is the only colored man on the property he is discriminated against on lots of separate incidents. Crooks is like any human being they just want to feel appreciated and cared for. Crooks just want to be one of the guys he wants to play horseshoes like the others do, he wants to play cards like the others do and for sure wants to sleep in the bunkhouse like the others do. But since he is black he has to live outside with the horses like a animal. He just wants to know that someone is there for him. ” Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.” (72) One night Lennie meets Crooks out in the barn as he is putting his puppy back with the mother and Crooks offends Lennie when he asks a hypothetical question. Lennie starts to get frustrated with Crooks’ question and Crooks quickly realizes and apologizes. Crooks is just trying to