Essay On Crooks In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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People are all too often judged by their appearance rather than by who they really are. In the story Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, this is what happened to the stable buck Crooks. Crooks has one major difference from everyone on the ranch, he's black. This major difference gives Crooks an attitude towards life that is different from everyone else's . Crooks attitude is being closed off from the rest of the workers. He feels as if he isn't good enough to be with the other ranch hands. They don't want him in the bunk house, so he in turn doesn't want them in his room. He feels threatened by the others on the ranch. Most of the people on the ranch treated Crooks unfairly just because he was black. In the story Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie arrived late to work at the ranch. In a conversation with another ranch hand he told them the boss was upset that they were late and he gave the stable buck hell too. When George questioned why he would give the stable buck hell, the ranch hand replied “Sure. Ya see the stable buck’s a nigger.” George then says “Nigger, huh?” The ranch hand replies “Yeah. Nice fella too.” Although the ranch workers thought Crooks…show more content…
The boss saw him as a nigger stable buck. Curly’s wife sees him as a nigger who she can have strung up. However, not everyone felt that way. Crooks greatly benefited by the arrival of George and Lennie. Lennie have him a new attitude towards life, letting himself feel equal to everyone. Lennie also gave Crooks a friend for the short time Lennie was in his room. Without Lennie talking to Crooks, Candy would have never been invited to sit down either. Candy and Lennie also made Crooks feel equal because each of them had their own disabilities that the other workers didn't have. This is an important life lesson for everyone. You should not judge a book by it’s cover, or a person by their skin
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