Crooks An Isolated Man In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Faris Ghandour
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January 5, 2016
“Crooks, an Isolated Man” People never realize that biologically, there is just one human race. Back in the 1930s, that wasn’t what people thought. All races other than white were not considered to be not human. In John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”, Crooks was a significant man and more important of what society thought of African Americans. 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. Crooks is isolated from others because of his race. He feels useless just sitting in the barn with the other animals. Crooks can’t fit in because no one will accept him. Moreover, Crooks wants to be someone more important because of his huge knowledge of things. Crooks knows if he wasn’t African American he would be able to use his knowledge to help the other men. Crooks is like any
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Lennie is one of the few people who motivate Crooks. Crooks talks to Lennie and doesn’t worry about Lennie telling others. Crooks is told about the hope of a having a dream farm. Crooks takes advantage of that hope, but as soon as George comes back, George directly let go of the idea of including Crooks, which makes Crooks, even more depressed. Crooks' motivation is to simply have his voice heard, to have his experience validated. "This is just a nigger talkin', an' a busted-back nigger. So it don't mean nothing, see?" (Steinbeck, 70) This quote said by Crooks makes him believe that all the things he says don't matter because he is black. All the things he says doesn’t matter because he is black. Likewise, Crooks is a smart man that knows how to use his motivation to achieve what he
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