They have each other, which separates them from the other men.
The other ranchers don’t have anyone “that gives a hoot in hell” for them.
Curly’s wife immediately gets rid of any hope he had by reducing him down to nothing.
When she yelled at Crooks, he “drew into himself.” After she’s done yelling at him, everyone leaves and he is back to being alone without hope.
Unfortunately, not everybody was so tolerable to the “dragfooted sheep dog, gray of muzzle, and with pale, blind old eyes.” The dog smelled so Carlson shot it, taking away Candy’s companion. He was down in the dumps until he heard George and Lennie talk about the farm that they are going to own one day.
This brings Candy’s hope up and he has something to live for once again.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.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.They also always had someone to talk to, which Crooks lacked.Crooks wasn’t happy because he didn’t have and real friends.Crooks also proves that hope and companionship are needed to survive.He even says it himself; “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody.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.