In the story “Of Mice And Men” Crooks is a character who is introduced once the main characters reach the ranch and get hired. Crooks lives in a small bunk next to the animals and is african american. He is treated terribly by the other members of the ranch and isn 't invited when they go out into town. Crooks is insulted horribly by the other characters in the story whenever they so much as refer to him. In this way crooks is faced with what almost every black american was faced with in the 1930s, Prejudice.
The discrimination of people can affect a person's well-being. In Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, two men are searching for jobs, during the Great Depression. The catalyst for the story is discrimination. When the main characters are searching for work, Lennie, one of the men, gets into an accident, which forces Lennie and his friend George to leave work and the town. Throughout the story, Steinbeck creates vivid scenes which depict the quotidian lives of two very typical men and the consequences of ordinary actions.
From Delaware to California, and from North Dakota to Texas, many states (and cities, too) could impose legal punishments on people for consorting with members of another race. The most common types of laws forbade intermarriage and ordered business owners and public institutions to keep their black and white clientele separated. In Of Mice and Men, the theme of racism is expressed throughout by the character Crooks. The treatment of Crooks is both interesting and startling to a modern reader: he has some social contract with the rest of the ranch workers but is still persecuted by them for being black. In the routinely racist world of 1930s California, Crooks’ colour is his defining feature, as Candy explains, ‘Ya see the stable buck’s a nigger’.
Mohammed Abadi Block D January 5, 2016 The Misunderstood Man Racism was one of the biggest problems in the 1930’s and in the human history. African-American people were treated like animals, the white people considered the African-American people as lower than them in social raking and treated them with injustice. In Steinbeck’s story, Crooks displays how hard life was for every African-American man in 1930’s. They were treated like animals, carelessly, disrespectfully, and they were also tortured. Crooks, who is the black man in the story, is treated differently because of his skin color.
Armand may be seen as hypocritical here because “ He has treated his slaves with violence and cruelty based on the color of their skin, and now he must face the fact that he is part African American himself” (“Irony in Desiree’s Baby”…1). This plot twist is somewhat beautiful in a tragic way because it leaves the readers in shock and the antagonist is in complete dismay. Armand could of had a beautiful life with a loving family but he chose to let lineage destroy their future. Desiree loved him madly but as soon as he thought she was part African American he got rid of her. The greatest part of this
And as a person of color, Crooks realizes and sees all this happening, just before the conversation, Lennie asked, “‘Why ain’t you wanted. Cause I 'm black,’” Crooks responded (OMAN 68). Crooks sees all of the small but racist actions that are done upon him by the other workers, not letting him play cards, saying he stinks, Crooks knows that this is all just because he is
In his novel, Richard Wright welcomes readers to the insights of racial segregation and destructive effects it had on the American society. The author showed yet different perspective to have an insight view of the sufferings of Negro people. Through the eyes of the protagonist Bigger Thomas, we see a perfect example of how mass oppression and prejudices towards others permeated all aspects of lives of the oppressed, creating disastrous misconceptions, ignorance, and tragedies. One of the damages that caused fatal misunderstandings between the two races was segregation. Bigger and people like him were victims of the harsh reality that white people had created for many years.
He acknowledges that this is not a struggle of his own, but that of many black men, identified with their enslaved ancestors. On all corners of the earth, they are the face of the inferior: segregated in America; whipped in South America; cut down by machine-guns. In West Africa, he is just another animal. “The Negro is bad, the Negro is mean, the Negro is ugly” (1952: 86). The white world has the negro barred from privilege and
We all have those feelings of fear at some point or another. In the essay “Just Walk on By” written by Brent Staples we see a good perspective of fear when he ends up in a few situations where he feels his life could be at stake. Staples should have been fearful at this time in his life because of the stories he sees of black men being mistaken and dragged from their cars and, the way he sees people react to him as he walks down the street being a black man himself. This sense of fear could possibly affect his American Dream. Staples is fearful because he is a black male in the late seventies and early eighties where people looked at them differently as if they were bad people, even though staples is as any other american working towards his dream.
Furthermore, Staples uses gloomy diction throughout the writing to create a sense of dread when approaching the subject of black men in public places. He uses terms such as “fearsomeness” and “frightening” in his anecdotes. By doing so, the reader can infer the tough experiences Staples had to endure even though he was an innocent man. The diction creates pity in a reader because it has strong negative connotations. Because the words are being connected to the author’s life, the audience is brought to imagine a “fearsome” and “frightening” world.