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Loneliness in John's Steinbeck's
Of Mice and Men
'A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody' (Steinbeck 72)
1. Crooks takes pleasure in upsetting Lennie because he is used to being the outcast and doesn't respond well to company.
2. Curley's wife threatens Crooks because they don't want her to talk to them.
3. Carlson doesn't feel compassion for George at the end of the novel because he has been alone for so long.
Curley's Wife and Lennie: two lonely people
Loneliness makes people mean.
Connections: Girl Interrupted