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.
As they adapt to their new ranch, they experience many obstacles and meet new people. As Lennie is a mentally slower but physically strong and George is intelligent but physically weaker, they benefit off of each other's strengths and weaknesses. Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men reveals the harmful psychological effects that alienation, whether it is self alienation or forced alienation, may generate through the characterization of Curleyś wife, Crooks, and Candy. Like many of the other characters, Crooks is forced into isolation. Crooks experiences force alienation from his fellow workers on the ranch, causing him to become obscure and astringent.
In contrast, Lennie is physically larger and stronger than George, but is not too bright and needs guidance. George and Lennie often find themselves without work because of Lennie’s mental disability and likeliness to destroy things. Even though Lennie makes George’s life more difficult, he continues to support Lennie because he is a true friend. Of Mice and Men, offers several themes throughout the story but the most common themes can be displayed with and through George and Lennie. This tale of George and Lennie takes the reader through a journey of friendship, love, and pain.
Due to the characteristics of Crooks, Lennie, and Candy, they are the outsiders of society in this novel. To begin, Crooks is an outsider as he is not of white descent and the only colored man that works on the ranch. Crooks is discriminated upon by the workers on the ranch and sleeps in a room segregated from the others that sleep in the bunkhouse together. Moreover, he is not allowed to play cards with the men who live in the bunkhouse because in their words, he “stinks”; it is not the fact that Crooks stinks, but the fact that he is black. In section four of Of Mice and Men, Crooks’ character says, “‘S’pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy ‘cause you was black,’” (Steinbeck 72).
Therefore racial equality by law has a long way to go. Since racial equality does not exist yet, he is subjected to racial inferiority and will not be able to live the life he wishes to live. If it was not for this assignment, I would of missed such an enjoyable novel as this. Just like in reality, each character in “Of Mice and Men”, had their own disability or wall that they needed to climb over in order to get through life. Honestly, I'm not a great fan of killing animals or anything really but in a sense understand Lennie and
The prosecutor attempting to convict Tom Robinson, Mr. Gilmer, essentially finds that Tom put himself above Mayella by a saying he was sorry for her. This goes against the stereotype that whites are better than blacks which is not what the Mr. Gilmer and Maycomb believe. The same theme can be found in Of Mice and Men which has relevance to Curley’s wife. Because she is always out and about talking to the ranch hands, everyone calls her a slut. Candy stereotypes her in the quote “You wasn’t no good.
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.
How do the disabilities of the major characters prove to enhance the quality of the story, Of Mice and Men? Their disabilities influence the plot because without Lennie, Crooks, or Candy the story would be uninteresting to the readers because their challenges cause the dramatic events in the story. All of the characters in the book work on the farm. Lennie has a mental handicap, Crooks is a black man with a crooked spine, and Candy is an old man with only one hand. Lennie has a mental disability that creates depth in the story.
Halfway through Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses dialogue to demonstrate the theme of the loneliness and human companionship felt by the ranchers. When Lennie visits the bunkhouse to see his pups, he strikes up a conversation with Crooks and in the conversation he turns to his personal upbringing: “There wasn’t another colored family for miles around.” When Crooks was a child, he would play with the white kids. He didn’t feel isolated then. “...there ain’t a colored man on this ranch” Crooks now is physically divided. He is sequestered due to his race.
With the Great Depression happening during the time period, many jobs were unavailable along with the tension in the air between race and gender. Slavery was abolished and women had equal voting rights though this by no means did that meant they were equal to the white men. Women were still treated similar to property and not akin to actual human beings; meanwhile, segregation was blatantly obvious in most places in the United States. John Steinbeck’s book Of Mice and Men was set during the Great Depression on a predominantly white male ranch. Steinbeck’s minor supporting characters face loneliness through a series of socially imposed problems such as ageism, racism, and sexism to doubt the morality of society and show the effects of long-term
The walls are made of sand-stone slabs, while the roof is made of sewn-together animal skins. On average, the houses measure 40 square meters in size. The dwellings each hold stone-built pieces of furniture. You enter each dwelling through a low doorway, with a stone-slab door. Each dwelling has a drainage system, like the modern-day “toilet system”.
He is the only black man there so he is not allowed in the bunkhouse. Another way that loneliness shows in a character is through Candy. His dog was his best friend and after he died he could only cope with the loneliness by following Lennie and George 's dream. Another way it is shown in the book is through Curley 's wife. She tried to deal with it by flirting with other workers on the ranch because her husband does not give her attention.