His loneliness is caused by the prejudice of the other workers; because he is the only black man on the ranch, he is forced to live alone in a shed of the barn, and no one will have any interaction with him.
His loneliness makes him not want to talk to other people and makes his life on the farm miserable.
He is also lonely because he doesn't have someone on the same level with who he can interact.
Moreover, Crooks presents the theme of loneliness because he is always by himself in his room.
This shows just how bad Candy wants to get out of that ranch and that he will do anything to not be lonely. ] You can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. This gives the reader the sense that Curley’s Wife feels trapped or even restrained.
Loneliness is shown through Candy because he feels like he does not belong and because he has no other friends except his dog, so he feels secluded from the others. It makes the reader feel sorry for her because she is imprisoned in her house all day, she can’t come out and talk to people, and Curley gets mad at her for talking to anyone except him.
When she finally does find someone she can talk to, she mainly talks about how she hates the ranch because nobody ever talks to her. When alone with Lennie, she again reveals her deep loneliness: “Why can’t I talk to you? In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck suggests that there is a deeper meaning to being lonely than just the superficial sense of loneliness.
Another favorite topic of hers is to talk about how lonely she is all of the time. This loneliness can be portrayed through Crooks, Candy, and Curley’s Wife, all in different ways.
] I tell ya, a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick’” (Steinbeck 72).
The reader gets the sense that the more distance Crooks puts between him and others, the more detached he feels from society.