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.
Crooks is a black man who isn’t allowed to be in the house with all the men. The men won’t allow him to come in because of his color. Crooks is lonely and he doesn’t bother the men. One night Lennie came in and was talking to Crooks and telling them about the farm that they were going to get. For once Crooks thought well maybe I won’t be lonely I could go with them and don’t have worry about none of them.
After talking with Lennie for awhile, Crooks reveals that he is often lonely. As a child, Crooks was part of the only black family for miles, but he still played with the white boys. Now that he is on the farm, the white men feel superior. Apparently, Crooks smells bad and is black, so the men do not allow him in the bunkhouse. Crooks hates the other men, so he gets mad at Lennie for invading his privacy.
Notwithstanding, he has had controversy with almost everyone on the ranch. He abused Lennie, a mentally disabled man, he publicly exposes his and his wife’s sexual lives, and he treats his wife as if she is his slave. Moreover, the actions Curley has done are corrupt, but they are not solely because he is an abominable person. An infrequent amount of readers will look at Curley’s actions and have sympathy for him, but Curley has reasons for his mistakes. Nevertheless, Curley is a disastrous man due to the way he grew up being an only child, he is astoundingly short, his father is a wealthy ranch owner, and he grew up in a racist and sexist community.
Loneliness is something no living thing wants, unfortunately for Crooks and Curley's wife they feel lonesome. Crooks is a black colored man, he is not allowed to go in the bunk house or around the house because he is a “negro”. He owns many objects that a bindlestiffs would obtain, he owns a copy of the california civil code for 1905, and books and magazines.In Chapter 4 John steinbeck exports Crooks in loneliness; Crooks clearly states he is lonely in chapter 4 by saying “ A guy goes nuts if he got nobody. Don't make a difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, he cried, I tell ya a guy gets lonely an’ he gets sick”(72-73).
Curley’s wife then, being weak herself, saw a situation to be strong and took it. She put him down by using the N-word and then asking if he knew“‘what [she] [could]do to [him]if [he][opened] [his] trap?’” (80), implying that she would get him lynched. Using the N-word is a huge insult for African-Americans and lynching has a horrible connotation to slavery. Curley’s wife wanted Crooks to be at his weakest point, by attacking the thing that defines him most: his skin color. Similar to how Crooks attacked the two things that define
Crooks, The Negro Stable Buck Murder, betrayal, friendship, passion these are just some of the things you would get from reading Of Mice and Men. Of Mice and Men has characters other than just George and Lennie that have a very deep purpose within the book. I choose to examine one of those side characters in Crooks. My thought after reading the book about Crooks is that, Crooks is separate yet actually equal but the separation makes him isolated and miserable. Crooks pushed others away because they are not alike himself.
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).
Even though during the time of this novel, white people were known to be racist and to segregate all people of color, people of color would discriminate against white people because they were jealous/mad at them. When Atticus’ children go to church a black person stops them and lets them know that they have their own church and that they shouldn’t go there because they are the ones who separated them from each other in the first place. Atticus is discriminated against when that the group of people came to the jail to beat up him and Tom Robinson. They were there to put Atticus in his place that he needs to stay away from black people because they feel that he shouldn’t be even associating with him because this was around the time of segregation. In to Kill a Mockingbird Scout asks “Are we poor, Atticus?” Atticus nodded.
The book contains many themes. Loneliness is one of the major themes. Loneliness is all throughout the book and shines through many characters. Crooks shows loneliness because of isolation due to his skin color. He is the only black man there so he is not allowed in the bunkhouse.
Finally, the literary device of foreshadowing is used in order to hint upon future events as a result of loneliness. Steinbeck foreshadows forthcoming conflicts within the story due to a lack of companionship and trust amongst the farmers. After being shamed by the men, Curley’s wife declares, “‘You’re all scared of each other, that’s what. Ever’ one of you’s scared the rest is going’ to get something on you’” (Steinbeck 77). By accusing the men of being fearful and skeptical of one another, Curley’s wife hints upon disputes and predicaments that are to soon arise on the ranch.
This meant that crooks’s didn 't have any friends around him he was isolated from the rest , he was given his own bunk in a separated nigger room . “ They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I stink. Well, I tell you, you all of you stink for me” Crooks’s is being exposed to race discrimination because his skin color is different from the rest , but it 's not like they think different or have some type of different brain
I never knew till long later why he didn’t like that. But I know now” (70). Crooks now knows what he failed to realize as an innocent child: whites and blacks could not mix in his society. Crook’s dad wanted to prevent Crooks from fraternizing with white children because the general population frowned upon the mixing of races. (11) Curley’s wife complains to Crooks, Lennie, and Candy about her husband, how he “Spends all his time sayin’ what he’s gonna do to guys he don’t like, and he don’t like nobody.