Racism and Loneliness: Two Components for Bitterness Norman Cousins once said, “The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.” Crooks, one character from John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, battles with loneliness. He is forced to deal with racial segregation and live in a confined space isolated. Since Crooks is secluded he becomes an unpleasant human being and treats others poorly. Crooks’ method for coping with his loneliness, hurts him as a person instead of helping him. Throughout Crooks’ life, he is forced to deal with racial segregation ever since he was young.
Isolation and loneliness thrives within all of humanity, especially when you are segregated, have a controlling husband, and are very old. These characters are often found being alone and having no one else, hence the Isolation and loneliness theme of the story. This is portrayed very well when Steinbeck brings these characters to life with his vivid descriptions of Crooks, Candy, and Curley’s wife. As it had said in the book______________ it was clear from the beginning that Crooks was an outcast to the others. Most of the
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.
Crooks told Lennie what it is like to be a lone black man and some of his everyday struggles. Lennie asked Crooks “Why Ain’t you wanted?” Crooks replied “Cause I’m black” he also told Lennie, “I tell ya a guy gets lonely and he gets sick.” The explanation supports the fact that Crooks was plagued by loneliness and alienation and he wanted
Among the many characters throughout the novel, Crooks behavior is demonstrated when he isolates himself from others and becomes lonely because of his skin color. Racism is an on-going issue for generations, especially towards the blacks. The author strongly portrays loneliness within Crookes
What if the only dream you have ever had is suddenly destroyed by one single empowering action and there is no going back on what wrong you committed. In Steinbeck's touching book, Of Mice and Men, Lennie and George are working steadily so they can raise up enough money to pay for their dream home, but on their journey, they meet multiple challenges. Then in a certain instance, there one dream is shattered, by a terrible action. The two most significant themes of the book are Death and Isolation. Throughout Lennie and George’s life, death shows up repeatedly and affects both of their lives, each in different ways.
The Failure of Dreams in Of Mice and Men In the novel, Of Mice and Men, the author, John Steinbeck argues that dreams are a foolish hope that cannot be achieved through how George and Lennie’s dream, Curley’s wife’s dream, and Crooks’ deepest desire all fail. John Steinbeck grew up and lived during the Great Depression, where he saw a lot of fragile dreams shatter and never come true. Naturally, this gave him a rather pessimistic view on dreams, so many of the characters have hopes that are never reached. George and Lennie, Curley’s wife, and Crooks all suffer the same fate, and never reach their ambitions. The entire novel is based off George and Lennie’s aspirations to own their own farm.
One of the people that gets discriminated in the book is Crooks. Crooks is an African American that gets mistreated because of race. There are a few examples that the author really highlights, when we find out that Crooks is living away from all of the white men, nobody comes to visit him, and he gets referred to by the other men with racist slurs. He also works by himself on jobs that are difficult to him since his was crippled by a horse. There are some striking
In the era of the Great Depression, the lack of friendship increased and therefore accumulated the amount of unstable relationships. In his novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck introduced different friendships within his characters using dramatic and situational irony. Many of his character had unstabilized relationships with other characters. Throughout the book, the friendships were unhealthy and unstable due to forced connections lack of human connections and lack of self-control. Forced connections are unhealthy and especially in the case of Lennie and George.
Imagine that your brother is suffering from an incurable disease. Everyday, you must watch as he endures pain and suffers, both of you knowing that he is inevitably going to die soon. Do you think it is ok to end his suffering? This is a controversial topic that has many sides and opinions to it. In John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, George is faced with the strenuous decision of whether or not to euthanize his close companion, Lennie.