The first line reads “A few miles south of Solaced”.
This is a clever idea by Steinbeck as “Solaced” means loneliness in Spanish. Steinbeck shaped the ranch where George and Leonie worked in as an isolated and primitive place this Is shown when George mentions that “ranch workers are the loneliest people In the world and don’t belong nowhere”. Steinbeck also portrays loneliness through characterization. He uses sexism, racism and ageism to get his message across George is not alienated or lonely in any way. George is an average person, a typical sass’s American man.So in other words there is no reason for anybody to alienate George because he is mundane. Loneliness was an inevitable fact of life that no black person could have avoided in the sass’s.
Crooks, the only back person on the ranch is no different. It is made painfully clear that he Is truly unable to leave this situation. The name “Crooks” derived from his crooked spine, he was kicked In the back by a horse, in the book this Is only mentioned as an event that happened In the past. This Is event does not actually occur In the book.Crooks is discriminated against because of his color and is made very lonely cause of it. The other men at the ranch only relate with crooks when they need his assistance.
When crooks Is not in the Barn tending to the animals on the ranch, he is in his room reading books. Crook is confined to those two areas, he is STRICTLY forbidden from going into bunkhouse where everyone else hangs out after work. Crooks is often ignored by other workers on the ranch, this is shown throughout the book but is brought to light by Crooks, “If I say something, why it’s Just a Niger saying It. Loneliness has made Crooks’ a very bitter and Isolated Individual. Crooks Is definitely alienated because he Is the only black person on the ranch, we already know that Crooks feels unwelcome and there have been a number of hateful sentences aimed a rooks eke, “l could get you strung up on a tree It Allan even Tunney…
“, In toner words threatening to get him hanged, said by Curlers wife. Although it is arguable, Crooks shows signs of hostility towards Leonie when he enters his room.He tries to take advantage of Lien’s ignorance , too point where it actually seems like he is bullying Leonie especially when he says, “They’ll tie way up with a collar, like a dog. “, after the minute controversy, Crooks’ emotions are displayed to the reader when he talks about having no one to relate to and communicate with. He states: “Maybe you can see now. You got George. You know he’s going’ to come back. Expose you didn’t have nobody.
Expose you couldn’t go into the bunk house and play rummy ‘cease you was black…A guy needs somebody-to be near him… A guy goes nuts if he anti got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, longs he’s with you.
” This clearly tells us that Crooks is alone and he doesn’t like it, this quotation shows us exactly how e feels and makes us feel sympathetic it also tells us that in a way, everyone needs someone to talk to, whether it is a friend, family member or even a pet. This is a source of comfort and in some cases wealth for a person and crooks has none of these sources.He has never been treated well by any of his co-workers Just because he is a clouded man and this quotation tells the reader that it has affected him greatly, because of this he has developed a passionate animosity toward everyone around him. He has a certain demeanor toward everyone due to the way he is treated. In addition, Crooks also does not know how to relate and function normally anymore because of how his loneliness has effected him.
Crooks’ animosity was undoubtedly exemplified when Leonie comes into his room unannounced.He greets Leonie with: “Come on in and set a while… ‘Long as you won’t get out and leave me alone, you might as well set down. ” Crooks has been lonely for so long that he expects people not to talk to him. When Leonie comes in and does not have any intention of hurting him, he realizes it and he let’s his guard down.
I also think that George’s unexpected visit relieved him from some of his manliness and actually made him quite happy because for the first time he could have a decent conversation with someone.Curler’s wife’s loneliness has altered her demeanor towards others tremendously, making her overtly insecure and excessively flirtatious. Curler’s wife has become virtually another person because of loneliness. No one understands her situation and how loneliness affects her because she is the only girl on the ranch. Her insecurity is evident by the way she dresses and utilizes her make-up. Even though Curler’s wife is mentioned frequently, nobody asks what her name is.Nobody wants to talk her because people are afraid of Curler; he would get Jealous and start a fight with anyone who tried to approach her.
She does not like Curler, and furthermore he doesn’t talk to her at all which Just adds to her loneliness. There is no one in her life she can share her feelings and so it is obvious that she longs for companionship. She acknowledges that she is being rejected and ignored and asks during her conversation with Leonie what is wrong with her, and why doesn’t she have a right to communicate like everyone else does “What’s the matter with me?Anti I got a right to elk to NOAA . Ana Tanat no one cares tout near “Seems Like teen Allan none AT teen cares how I goat live”. She dresses the way she does (heavily made up, in flashy colors), to gain the attention of the ranchers and to sooth her loneliness. These acts give her a sense of relief and make her feel wanted.
She notices that Leonie finds he “purity’ and tries to talk to him and get close to him on several occasions.Curlers wife appears very desperate to have a conversation with Leonie, “her words tumbled out”, gives us the idea she was talking to Leonie as though she were afraid hat someone was going to take him away from her, as explained in the quotation “she hurried before her listener could be taken away from her… “. This tells us once again that she doesn’t have the chance to talk to people often, and she is trying to as as much as she can about the emotions that have been building up inside of her, “she went on with her story before she could be interrupted”.
She also makes sure that Leonie is listening to her when she speaks “You listening’? , since she is not used to talking to anyone, she wants to be sure that what she is saying is being heard attentively Her death could be thought of as a misfortune, but as a positive thing as well because it ended her suffering; being the only woman in the ranch and having married such an aggressive man like Curler she was inevitably destined for loneliness. But now that she is dead, she doesn’t have to worry about being lonely ever again. Curler’s wife’s case of loneliness was the most severe throughout the novel. She struggled in her society to find somebody that she could befriend.Candy is an outcast because his age and physical disability making him different room the rest of the men on the ranch however he always tries to communicate with them as much as he can.
Candy has one true friend in the world, his dog, which he cannot even talk to. However, when his dog is executed, he has to look elsewhere for friendship. He hopes that these friends can be George and Leonie. Because of his age and disability, he has a feeling of uselessness “They’ll call me purity soon”. Candy thinks that nobody wants to be friends with him because of this disability.When he overhears George and Leonie conversation, he tries to find ironsides by attempting to Join the dream of George and Leonie. Candy offered his services to become a part of George and Lien’s friendship and dream, this is one of Candy’s desperate attempts to find a place in society and meaning in life by making himself useful to someone; proposing the various things he could do to show that his is in fact useful and could bring a lot in the dream as well and the friendship “l could cook and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some” “you’ll let me hoe in the garden.
..An’ I’ll wash the dishes an’ little chicken stuff like that” After Candy lost his dog, he felt much more lonely than he was before. The dog was something that Candy had owned and confided with within his years. Candy and his go Ana ten same relations Tanat George Ana Lend Ana snared Tort so many years. He offers everything that he had to support the friendship including money, he offers the biggest share of money to realize the dream as well as services hoping that the pair will “let” him help out.An interesting sentence is “Maybe I can give you guys my money, you’ll let me hoe in the garden”, this sentence is ambivalent, in exchange of a uncial contribution to the dream ranch, he can help out and work on the farm opportune , some could argue that a more implicit meaning of the sentence could be: in exchange for my money, we will have a close friendship.