Crooks’ motivation is George and Lennie. After he hears what they want to do he gets excited and that motivated him to follow his dream. He isn’t afraid to tell Lennie his dreams and trusts Lennie unlike the others who he thinks would laugh at his dreams. Another motivation is leaving this farm to live with George and Lennie when they get their own ranch. Crooks knew that he will have an easier life and will be freeier. Curly’s wife tries to throw Crooks off by insulting him and constantly talking about lynching, as Curly’s wife told Crooks "Well, you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny. (Steinbeck, 80)" Crooks feels sad when she talks about this and wants to give up on his dreams. Most importantly Crooks wants to keep following his dream but because of his race he thinks that it is not
If you’re different, best of luck to you. In John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, there are many characters who deal with discrimination. Three characters who experience this the most are Curley’s wife, Crooks, and Lennie. Curley’s wife faces discrimination because she is a woman. Crooks experiences discrimination because he is black, and Lennie is discriminated against because of his mental disability. Curley’s wife, Crooks, and Lennie all have learned to live with discrimination, but they still long to someday be accepted.
He lives alone in the harness room; a little shed that leaned on the side of the barn. He was segregated from all the other men, and he quickly became plagued with loneliness and alienation. Crooks just wanted to be accepted by the other men. In chapter four, Lennie went into Crook’s bunk because the other men went into town. 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
Dreams give individuals a purpose so that progress is attainable. During the Great Depression, the American Dream inspired hope for a better life. Dreams are unattainable, however, they inspire work ethic and faith.
Crooks being an African-American on the ranch, full of whites, struggles racially which causes his withdrawal from the society. Crooks explains to Lennie his when he’s accompanied by him “ A guy goes nuts if he ain 't got nobody. Don 't make no difference who the guy is long’s
“listen, nigger,” she said. “you know what I can do to you if you open your trap?” (pg.80). This shows how the word “nigger” is used to control a black person. In the book of Mice and Men the word “nigger” is used quite often but towards crooks, since he is the only black person in the book. He goes through a lot, he gets treated poorly and he also has a hurt back and he still has to work. His life is different from white people. Power is used to control crooks bad about himself. He often feels isolated, depressed, and controlled at times. there are two characters that interact with Crooks. Curley’s wife and Lennie. Lennie is a very strong man and he has a mental disability, and Curley’s wife is the only women on the ranch
In the novel “Of Mice and Men” John Steinbeck portrays the theme of social injustice throughout the story in the lives of several characters that include Lennie, Curley’s Wife, and the stable buck, Crooks. All of these characters are mistreated in some way, shape or form. The hardships that these characters faced help guide us to see the social injustice that is prevalent in the story.
Crooks is very lonely and solitude for being alone every day. As a result, he wants to have friends who he can communicate with. No one has come into his room except for Slim and the boss, so when Lennie and Candy come, it is difficult for Crooks to “conceal his pleasure with anger” (75). Although he wants to express anger about people coming into his room, inside he is happy about it and enjoys it. This instability and loneliness that he has leads him to say how he could work for George, Lennie, and Candy on their farm. He is desperate, like everyone else, to be stable. Crooks is another character who is weaker than others and is discriminated because of
In the story of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck shows how horrible loneliness is, especially through the black stable hand Crooks. Crooks doesn't have anyone to look after him. He is lonely cause he has no friends or family. On page 72 it states "Crooks said gently, maybe you can see now. You got George. You know he's goin'
Loneliness is a key aspect that flows throughout the Of Mice and Men plot line. Every character express some sort of loneliness at one time or another in this story. Some character express the fact that they are currently alone and others express that they have been lonely in their past. Others do not clearly state that they have even thought about loneliness, but they do give subtle hints at to it. The two main characters in this story are George and Lennie, they travel together and yet both express their struggles and fears of being alone.
In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author uses the motif of barriers to show that causes that lead into the failure of these character hopes and dreams. The ability to own your own land is the main dream held by four of the characters in the book. The idea of owning your own land is a simile for a life of happiness. There are two other unattainable dreams which are held by Curley's wife, and Crooks. Curley's wife once had an offer to become an actress in Hollywood, however the person never bequeathed the job to her. She later would go on to marrying a man named Curly who she currently regrets marring. Crooks, who is an African American man who is also crippled, just want to be able to have control over his life. However Crooks has unchangeable barriers in his path for control. All five of these characters have a hope for a new life which evidently turns to nothing due to obstacles. This book takes place on a farm in California.
First off Crooks is the character that is held back in his journey towards freedom by his race. There are many examples where Crooks is insulted by his race, but there is this specific incident where George is laying down his cards and hears someone calling : “Stable buck, oooh stable buck!” And then, “Where the hell is that goddamn nigger?” This proves that in the 1930’s people were still racist and used to call African Americans names like nigger. And Crooks can’t really do anything because if he does he would probably get tortured or starved, and he can’t quit because it wasent his job, he was a slave. And this quotation also tells us that Crooks, the stable buck, is restricted by his race.
More specifically, the workers resent Crooks because of his color, and as a result, he is segregated from the men and their activities. However, Crooks can not just quit his job or move from place to place, as he, similar to Candy, is not likely to get another job. An example in the novel reads, “‘Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black.’” It can be argued that Crooks faces the most isolation out of all the characters in Of Mice and Men, as other people’s struggles do not compare to the issues he deals with everyday. While Candy has a hard time on the work front, he is welcomed wholeheartedly by the other men, and converses with and joins them as if he was still a young man. On the other hand, Crooks is completely shut out from the men and would have a very low chance of finding other work, putting him above anyone else in terms of misfortunes. Overall, the oppression of minorities in the 1930s put them at odds with society, and created a social division that continues to linger
In chapter 7, Lennie explains his and George’s dream of owning a farm with rabbits. That idea, in of itself, represents the American dream. Crooks response is to claim, “ Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land” (74). In essence, this means that he considers the American dream impossible. In the setting, his sentiment was reciprocated by many people. According to research, “Many people were beginning to feel that the American dream… was fraudulent” (Great). As the world fought its hardest against the people of this time, including Crooks, they began to give up on the idea of the American dream. Crooks acknowledges that because of his race he may never get that ideal life. Hence, his feeling of inability to do what he wants makes him