Of Mice And Men Crooks Dialogue Analysis

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Crooks’ dialogue shows us the effects of solitude as seen by Steinbeck. Not allowed in the bunkhouse, Crooks must live out in the barn alone, woeful and isolated. "They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I'm black... They say I stink (Steinbeck 68)." This quote suggests that although he will not acknowledge it, he desires to be with everybody else and to have people who understand him. However, there are no other colored people around to relate to Crooks. "And now there ain't another colored man on this ranch and there's jus' one family in Soledad (Steinbeck 70)." This passage suggests that he feels isolated with no one to know how he feels. Not only does he have no friends, Curley's wife also puts him in his place. On page 81, Curley’s wife tells Crooks to keep his place, as she could easily get him in trouble and hung. This example suggests that even…show more content…
Candy and his dog have been through everything together. “Well—hell, I had his so long, had him since he was a pup (Steinbeck 44).” This passage suggests that Candy considers his dog as the best friend that he has ever had and that he doesn’t want to lose him. When his dog dies, Candy feels that he wants to do something different with his life. George and Lennie are talking about the farm they are dreaming of when Candy pipes in and says that he wants to help (Steinbeck 59). This example suggests that he has done the same thing his whole life and has now decided to try something new. With the guys so willing to shoot his dog because he was old, Candy fears they would do the same thing to him. On page 45, Carlson says “I wisht somebody’d shoot me if I got old an’ a cripple.” This quote shows us that Carlson believes people are only good to an extent, and Candy fears he has come to that extent. In this book, Candy and his dog foreshadow the ending, as the characters prove to us that the dog is weighing down
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