Steinbeck uses characterization within the book through specific characters, such as Crooks, Curley’s Wife, and George, to express major themes of loneliness and prejudice and bringing awareness to the readers. One of the most obvious characters used in the novel to depict isolated at its greatest extent is Crooks, who is described as an outcast separated from the rest of the men because of his race. In the early 1900’s, racism was very common as white people thought they were superior to black people. Crooks’ loneliness is implied through his belongings, but also admits to being so lonely as he says, “S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy
According to San Jose State University, the bunkhouse of the white migrant workers serves, “as symbol of elite masculinity,” unlike the barn Crooks is forced to live in, which, “demonstrates [Crooks’s] society’s view of African Americans as subhuman.” Others on the farm view Crooks as a useless, bitter stable buck, who has no one as he is excluded from everything because of the color of his skin. Crooks, “Sits alone out [in the barn] at night, maybe readin’ books or thinkin’ or stuff” (69). The anguish felt by Crooks devours him, because he knows he will never have what he truly desires, which is the company of another. Crooks is considered by most to be the most lonesome character on the ranch, according to Novels for Students, as he lives in a state of, “Distrust [which] is the quality of the modern world in which people live in alienation from one another.” In Of Mice and Men Crooks’ segregation causes his yearning for companionship as he is in a state of discomforting isolation. Crooks claims “A guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick”(69).
In the adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain, there are many ups and downs in the book that makes it very interesting and inspiring to read. People in the book inspired other characters to do certain things like Mrs. Watson to enslave Jim and Jim runs away. And Pap Finn who abuses his son Huck and has him run away. Pap Finn is the father of Huck Finn he’s an abusive father who is a southern white father and doesn’t own slaves but is racist and just terrible to African Americans. Pap influenced Huck to run away from his home because of a specific incident that happened in a shack.
It begins with two men named George and Lennie who have moved to work on a new ranch. Unfortunately for them, Lennie has a mental disability which causes his brain to function as a child’s brain, this disability creates many conflicts throughout the novella. They met many characters that were divergent from the rest of the workers, such as Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Candy. Steinbeck used dialogue between characters to present his belief that loneliness and isolation are caused by both social barriers and personal choice. Candy is set apart from the rest of the workers due to his old age and his strong bond with his dog who eventually was killed.
Lynching was an unjustly practice that became common in the South. It was an extrajudicial punishment led by a mob in order to publicly execute those with alleged crimes. For example, in 1894, 197 people were murdered by mobs who did not allow their victims to make a lawful defense. In correlation to the evidence presented by Wells, the textbook indicates how law enforcement would make no effort to prevent these crimes from occurring in the first place. In contrast, not only was this "awful barbarism ignored," but these officers of the law also took part in the cruel acts by enabling the lynching.
They play cards in there, but I can’t play cause I'm black.”’ (68) This strongly suggests Crooks’ isolation, as he is the only colored man on the ranch. His loneliness is again portrayed later in his conversation with Lennie, “‘ I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.”’(73) Here crooks declares his loneliness to Lennie alluding to his despair. Later on within the the story we come to find Curley’s Wife lonely within her marriage. This woman is so tired of her insignificance to Curley that she tends to
One’s self has experienced loneliness from choice or forced into isolation. The novel ¨Of Mice and Men¨ written by John Steinbeck, took place during the Great Depression, near Soledad, California. The protagonist, George and the antagonist, Lennie are mid aged, white men who are working on a ranch with other mid aged, white men. Along with ones who aren’t as focused at the time, such as Crooks, the negro or black, Curley’s wife, the woman and, Candy, the old and weak man were treated differently from all the white, strong males in the novel due to the setting the novel. This making distance in relationships in Of Mice and Men, isolating these characters into loneliness.
There are multiple way to prove that there has always been fascism, segregation, discrimination and loneliness even in the olden days. This paragraph will be about racism because it is part of discrimination. Crooks is the one who the quote. Lennie is trying to make friends and asks Crooks why he isn’t wanted so Crooks tells him it’s because of racism related reasons. “Cause I’m black.They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black.” Steinbeck 68
Good stories have a conflict between characters, in which appearances and characteristics influence the conflict. In the story, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. The author has characters that have an appearance or a characteristic in which is beyond a person's control, to cause them to be an outcast. The characters that have this appearance or characteristics is Crooks, Curley's wife, and Lennie. First, in the story, we meet a character named Crooks which is a skinner and takes care of the farm animals, Crooks is black and is outcasted because of the color of his skin.
“The Blacker the Berry” also can related to the theories about inadequacy as an African American in a white world. The song brings in many current events and the evil behind the white-washing going on in America. One line goes, “You hate me don’t you? / You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture / You’re fucking evil I want you to recognize that I’m a proud monkey” (“The Blacker the Berry”). The song also has lines such as “I’m black as the heart of a fuckin’ Aryan”, and “You hate my people, I can tell cause it threatens when I see you”.