Jodi Picoult, the author of books like My Sisters Keeper, once said, “Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.” In the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Lennie and George need work since they do not have any money, which is a problem since Lennie and George plan on having a future farm, which Lennie is most excited about. When they begin to work on the ranch, they meet characters that are isolated from everyone else. These characters express loneliness sometimes by force, and because it is just how it is on the ranch. In this story, John Steinbeck expresses loneliness throughout with various characters; George, Curley’s wife, and Crooks all show signs of solitude. To begin strong, Steinbeck expresses loneliness with Curley’s wife, a troublemaker everyone is avoiding on the ranch. Curley’s wife walks in to George and Lennie, but were told to not talk to her. Curley’s wife asks, “Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.” (Steinbeck 86). Curley’s wife is isolated from everyone else because she is seen as trouble, being called jailbait. Because of Curley, George and Lennie are trying to stay away due to previous problems, thinking that talking to Curley’s wife could cause another potential conflict between Lennie and Curley. Curley’s wife is trying to have a conversation with Lennie, but he is scared George will get mad and not let him tend the rabbits on their future farm if he tries to talk to Curley’s wife. She exclaims, “You can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad. How’d you like not to talk to anybody?” (Steinbeck 87). Curley’s wife is not happy with her relationship with Curley, since it has completely taken her away from everyone, and her dream of being an actress is also a low chance. Lennie is the one person on the ranch that pays any attention. She made a mistake, however, by letting Lennie feel her hair, since Curley’s wife did not know that Lennie was not aware of his own strength, which ended up killing her in the end. All for trying to talk. Equally, another way Steinbeck expresses loneliness in the novel is with the character Crooks, a slave on the ranch. Lennie came into Crooks room to see his pup. Crooks never gets treated with friendliness, and gets angry when anyone tries to. Lenny moves back into his room, and Crooks says, “Come in and set a while . . . ‘Long as you won’t get out and leave me alone, you might as well set down.” (Steinbeck 69). Because Crooks is always discriminated because of his color and because he is a slave, he never gets attention, nor does he get to talk to anyone. At first, he had an attitude with Lennie, but then quickly realized Lennie was very open to have a talk with him, and since Crooks never had the opportunity to do so, he took advantage. In the same scene of the story, before Crooks allowed Lennie to come in to sit, he explains how the men will not let him join in to play cards, and says, “‘Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I stink. Well, I tell you, you all of you stink to me.” (Steinbeck 68). Crooks dislikes the guys just as much as they dislike him, and is completely separated. Because of this negative feeling, he usually is angry with people that try to talk to him because of him being left out for being black, which was shown in the beginning of Lennie and Crooks conversation, with his turn in attitude. Finally, Steinbeck expresses loneliness in Of Mice and Men with the character Candy. Since George and Lennie are not used to feeling loneliness like the other characters in this novel, George gets irritated when he thinks Candy is listening to what George and Lennie are saying. Candy exclaims, “I didn’t hear nothing you guys was sayin’. A guy on the ranch don’t never listen nor he don’t ast no questions.” (Steinbeck 24). Candy is explaining to George and Lennie that people keep to themselves on the ranch, and how isolated everyone is from each other. George and Lennie do not know yet that things are really quiet on the ranch. When George and Lennie explain to Candy that they are broke, but have their dream of the farm, Candy offers by saying, “S’pose I went in with you guys. Tha’s three hunderd an’ fifty bucks I’d put in. I ain’t much good, but I could cook and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some. How’d that be?” (Steinbeck 59). Because of how lonely Candy is on the ranch with things always being quiet and him losing his dog, he offers Lennie and George his help by giving money and living with them to cook and take care of some animals due to how isolated he is on the ranch. To conclude, John Steinbeck expresses loneliness in this book by explaining how Curley’s wife is separated from everyone else because of her husband, Crooks is separated and discriminated because he is black and a slave, and Candy is lonely because of the loss of his dog, and that things on the ranch are just quiet and people mind their own business.