First off, Crooks is a black stable buck that is isolated from the men which happens to make him a mean and unsympathetic man. Lennie enters the barn to see his puppy and decides to strike a conversation with Crooks. Crooks sees that Lennie isn't the smartest guy and decides to play around and make him concerned about George by saying " Le's say he wants to come back and can't. S'pose he gets killed or hurt so he can't come back"(71). Seeing that Crooks is displayed as a hostile guy and is not welcomed in the barn, he keeps to himself.
Crooks was the most lonely person in the book.We couldn't find out what Crooks real name was but Crooks had been named Crooks because of his crooked back accident caused by a horse. He was African american in a racist environment.Crooks has a temper because of the racism or when people invade his privacy. Lennie tried to be his friend. He didn't trust Lennie because he thought he was disliked by everyone. He was African american and he just doesn't trust anybody because he never had a friend.
The first way the idea of loneliness is portrayed in the story is Crooks. Crooks is the black guy that can’t go in their bunkhouses. He stays in his room by himself because they don’t like him because he is black. When Lennie went to his room he said “you got no right to come in my room. This here’s my room.
Max Alexander Mrs. McGuire English 9 2 may 2017 Crooks Imagine being a black man on an all white farm back in the 1930’s where the Jim Crow Laws were in place. In the book “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, Crooks is also treated with disrespect by his boss. Whenever the boss gets mad, the boss takes it out on Crooks. If Crooks does anything people don 't like, he can get easily killed. He is usually lonely and sits in his room all night and reads books, life is very hard on this farm while Jim Crow laws were still in effect.
As he explains to Lennie that the ranch men don’t let him near them, Crooks tells him,“They play cards in the bunk house but I can’t play because I’m black” (68). Crooks uses cards as an example of one of the many things he is not allowed to do on the ranch. The fact that he isn’t even able to participate in leisure activities such as card games shows just how alone he is on the ranch. After that Crooks begins to talk more about his solitude and how “a guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody… [He] gets too lonely an’ he gets sick” (72-73). Crooks is explaining that although he’s used to being alone like this he is frustrated and bitter because of his loneliness.
This story takes place at a time where African Americans were free, but still discriminated against so Crooks is often isolated at the ranch. He makes that very clear when he talked to Lennie, “I ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse and you ain’t wanted in my room.” “Why ain’t you wanted?” Lennie asked “Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I stink” (Steinbeck 68). Crooks was not welcomed to the activities the ranchmen participated in because he was black and they made that very clear to him, so he didn’t bother them, “He kept his distance and demanded that others kept
In a conversation he has with Lennie, Crooks explains, “‘There wasn 't another colored family for miles around. And now there ain 't a colored man on this ranch an ' there 's jus ' one family in Soledad.’" (Steinbeck 70). Showing his situation, Crooks also explains how he has been in a sense, isolated from everyone due to his color and as a result racism surrounds him. It’s hard for Crooks to get anywhere in life because of the constant harassment he receives from the simple fact that he is “different” from your “average” person. In a heated confrontation Curley sullenly says, “‘Standin ' here talkin '
Crooks, the stable buck is the only black worker on the ranch. The contrast of skin color causes all other characters in the novel to look down on Crooks. “You know what I can do to you if you open your trap?”(pg. 80). Crooks is threatened for no reason other than the fact he’s black.
The marginalisation of black people at the time in America is not the only cause of Crooks’ loneliness, however. The harsh verb “demanded” suggests that he tried to ignore the segregation against him by pretending that it was him who wished not to mix with the white ranch workers, rather than the opposite. Nearer the beginning of the chapter, amongst Lennie’s entrance, Crooks also says “Don‘t come in a place where you‘re not wanted.” Crooks is shown to be harsh to Lennie, and trying to push him away. This suggests that Crooks’ loneliness has caused him to no longer accept any kindness, whether it is from a white or black man. However, because of the segregation between the black and white workers, Crooks seems to be talking to himself rather than to Lennie.
This makes him depressed, and therefore drinks to make himself feel better. This condition also makes him an incompetent, but when he is asked to sober up by an angry Katniss, he makes a deal with them, saying: “All right, I’ll make a deal with you. You don’t interfere with my drinking, and I’ll stay sober enough to help you.” (Collins, 2008, p.70) Katniss and Haymitch are not very good friends and they despise each other. He irritates Katniss by calling her “sweetheart”, and this anger Katniss. Although they don’t get along, he helps her, by communicating with her through the gifts he sends to her in the arena, and Katniss realizes that she and Haymitch are very much alike as they both understands each other.
The book contains many themes. Loneliness is one of the major themes. Loneliness is all throughout the book and shines through many characters. Crooks shows loneliness because of isolation due to his skin color. He is the only black man there so he is not allowed in the bunkhouse.
“Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.” This quote by carl jung explains why geroge Milton, needs Lennie smalls in his life. At the beginning of the story George named all the things he could do without lennie but throught the story we see that George really does need Lennie. George keeps Lennie around so he wont be like other ranchers and live a lonely life. Not only does Lennie keep George saine, he also gives George hope, and keeps him human. George keeps Lennie around because it keeps him from being like other ranchers, most ranch workers go ranch by ranch having no one to talk to or have fun with and they just turn mean.
(1) Crooks explains to Lennie how he differs from other ranch hands; the other ranch hands forbid Crooks from entering their bunkhouse, he cannot “go into the bunkhouse and play rummy ‘cause [he is] black…[he has] sit out here an’ read books. Sure [he] could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then [he] got to read books.” (72). Crooks admits to Lennie that because the other ranch hands exclude him from their bunkhouse and card games, he finds himself lonely. The white ranch hands fraternize with each other and keep each other company, while excluding Crooks, which forces him to lead a lonesome lifestyle. (3) Crooks reveals to Lennie that every man must maintain friendships and if they do not, then “a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick” (73).