Nevertheless, Curley is a disastrous man due to the way he grew up being an only child, he is astoundingly short, his father is a wealthy ranch owner, and he grew up in a racist and sexist community. We can assume Curley is the only child of his father. Developing, he only had him to entertain himself with. Accordingly, Curley is a undoubtedly an independent man, who acts as if he is a champion. Loneliness compels oneself to feel forgotten, and Curley does not want to feel forgotten.
He knows that he is discriminated against for his race and does not think it is fair. He is like all of the other workers except he has a different skin color. “This is just a nigger talkin’ , an’ a busted black nigger” (71). Crooks knows that the other workers call him a “nigger” or “black” and they do not see him as a regular human. He is all alone out in his barn because the others have prejudice against African-Americans.
In the book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck Lennie and George go to Soledad to work on a ranch. George and Lennie are migrant workers that are trying to get a farm for themselves. This is hard for them because Lennie is disabled and seems to always be getting in trouble. When they -- George and Lennie -- are at the ranch, they and the reader experience lots of racial discrimination towards African Americans. One of the people that gets discriminated in the book is Crooks.
Crooks experiences force alienation from his fellow workers on the ranch, causing him to become obscure and astringent. Crooks is a stable buck, the only African American living on the ranch. He is treated poorly and is perceived as inferior.”’Well, you keep your place then, nigger. I could get you
Halfway through Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses dialogue to demonstrate the theme of the loneliness and human companionship felt by the ranchers. When Lennie visits the bunkhouse to see his pups, he strikes up a conversation with Crooks and in the conversation he turns to his personal upbringing: “There wasn’t another colored family for miles around.” When Crooks was a child, he would play with the white kids. He didn’t feel isolated then. “...there ain’t a colored man on this ranch” Crooks now is physically divided. He is sequestered due to his race.
Crooks’ life was extremely harsh due to racism back in the 1930s. Crook is an African American man in the story. He is called ‘Crooks’ because of his crooked spine he got when he got struck by a horse. Crooks is the only African American man on the farm but is the strongest academic aspect. Crooks is enclosed by books which makes him very literate.
“Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.” This quotation, by author Edward Abbey, defines power as an incredibly controlling tool, which is a major theme in the novella, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. This story takes place on a small ranch in California in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Lennie and George, the two protagonists, are migrant workers who have left their old job and are now working at a ranch. Lennie is a huge, strong man but has the brain of a toddler.
Jealously, like how it is shown in the video, is evident within Crooks. Although it is not blatantly said that Crooks is jealous, we can assume he is from his words and actions. For example, on page 68, Crooks goes on to say that he isn’t allowed in the bunkhouse since he is black, then later on, on page 74, he goes on about how, someone can go crazy if they have no one to talk to, and that too much loneliness will make you sick. From these two examples, we can see that Crook’s is jealous of the other farm workers and on a more specific level, George and Lennie. He is jealous because they have someone to talk to, and although he has many possessions, none of them can fill his void of loneliness.
In the novel of “Of Mice and Men” power and friendship is the very bases of the story. There are many people with power in the book but I specifically was interested in Curley’s power. Curley is the son of the Ranch’s boss and he is very spoiled. He does not listen to rules and usually gets away with any trouble he makes or gets into. Therefore, he is powerful for the very reason that he is “untouchable.” He does not use the power for kindness but uses it to show who is best and in a bullying matter.
Due to the characteristics of Crooks, Lennie, and Candy, they are the outsiders of society in this novel. To begin, Crooks is an outsider as he is not of white descent and the only colored man that works on the ranch. Crooks is discriminated upon by the workers on the ranch and sleeps in a room segregated from the others that sleep in the bunkhouse together. Moreover, he is not allowed to play cards with the men who live in the bunkhouse because in their words, he “stinks”; it is not the fact that Crooks stinks, but the fact that he is black. In section four of Of Mice and Men, Crooks’ character says, “‘S’pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy ‘cause you was black,’” (Steinbeck 72).