Crooks Loneliness

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Loneliness within Societies The 1930’s was a time of segregation. Many people were discriminated against because of their race, gender, disabilities and occupations. At this time, many people were migrant workers because they could not get jobs because of their race. In John Steinbeck’s fiction novel Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie were discriminated against. They were not able to have families or many friends because they were always moving from farm to farm. Many people did not treat the migrant workers as equals, although they were necessary for the success of the agricultural system in California. Lennie had to hide his disability so that he would get hired to work on the farm. If the boss saw that Lennie had a disability, he would…show more content…
Crooks is an African-American migrant worker that has to sleep in a different area then the rest of the workers just because of his skin color. Crooks says to Lennie “S’pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse an’ play rummy ‘cause you was black. How’d you like that” (71)? Crooks does not want to be lonely anymore and does not like being separated. Many of the men on the farm are racist so they have no compassion for Crooks. This lack of compassion has made Crooks very lonely and isolated. When Lennie visits Crooks, he is talking to Lennie about how he is always alone or lonely and says, “I was talkin’ about myself. A guy sets out here alone at night..” (71). 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. Crooks is very lonely because he has no one that is compassionate for
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