Crooks shows that hope and companionship are necessary to survive.
They also always had someone to talk to, which Crooks lacked.
Crooks wasn’t happy because he didn’t have and real friends.
Slim says, “Ain’t many guys travel around together. Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” There is a lot of truth in this, because there was competition for jobs during the Great Depression.
Most men were just trying to do the best they could for themselves, as it was hard to find work and earn money at the time.
They came very close to accomplishing their goal, but their hopes were destroyed by someone without hope or companionship, Curly’s wife.
Because Lennie and George had a friendship and hope, they had a chance.When he hears about George, Lennie, and Candy’s plan to buy a farm and live of the fat of the land, he gains hope.He thinks that he can escape the world he is stuck in and becomes optimistic for a short while.These characteristics paired together enabled them to find a job together and stay out of trouble, for the most part. Since had a job and were making money, they had a dream of one day buying a farm of their own.This dream helped to keep them working together; thinking that one day their fantasy might come true.I tell ya a guy gets too lonely and he gets sick.” This is something that Crooks would know, because he doesn’t have any friends.He is black and living during the Great Depression, and unfortunatley there was intolerance for black people back then. Crooks would take any friend he could get, even someone as crazy as him.He spends all his time planning how their farm is going to be and the jobs they are all going to do. Unfortunately, his dream is crushed when Lennie does a bad thing.Candy is once again just a normal rancher without hope or a real friend. Candy shows that you can’t survive unless you have hope and a companion.Through this, Steinbeck reveals the theme that hope and companionship is necessary to survive.Candy shows that companionship and hope are necessary to survive.