Of Mice And Men-Loneliness *reps to good answers*Watch
He's isolated because of the colour of his skin.
"I ain't wanted in the bunkhouse and you ain't wanted in my room."
"If men go around on their own, they get mean"
"It's just bein with another guy" - He's so desperate that he doesn't even need to talk, it's just being together with another person.
"Books ain't no good" - Don't provide companionship.
"he got nothing to measure by" - Having company helps to frame reality and without it, we are vulnerable.
For example, Lenny having George makes him safe as otherwise he'll probably end up in the "booby hatch". Steinbeck illustrates that it's not only to do with protection but mental sanity.
"Face lighted with pleasure in his torture"
^ showing the effect loneliness can have.
Then explain how Soledad means loneliness and how the game of cards they play (Solitaire) is a one man game. Also mention how the bunkhouse's description suggests it as being v prison-like. "Walls were whitewashed" "floor unpainted" "dust-laden bar" ( the latter, could imply that it's referencing prison bars) Showing how confined they are, prison is a lonely place etc, and how that represents the fact there's possibly no escape from all the isolation.
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"...few dirty books on a special shelf" - to handle the rejection and loneliness he absorbs himself in these fictional worlds
"proud, aloof man" I mean, that's pretty obvious - he keeps his distance from others. In order to avoid rejection he rejects others.
"It's just the talkin'. It's just being with another guy" everyone's lonely in the depression, and companionship is important
"I seen things out there. I wasn't drunk. I don't know if I was asleep." Perhaps he's hallucinating, and this is the depth of his loneliness and isolation
And Curley's wife:
"They left all the weak ones here" abandoned, lonely, rejected
"Well if that's all you want, I might get a couple rabbits myself" is she just teasing or is she lonely?
"I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely"
"Don't you think of nothing but rabbits?" Fears she's not getting attention after being so isolated and ignored constantly
And a quote about Curley's wife by Whit:
"You'll see plenty" because lonely, isolated Curley finds that this is the only way she can get attention and company
There's loads more but I haven't got my annotated copy with me
What's the matter with me? Ain't I got a right to talk to nobody?