Of Mice And Men Crooks Loneliness Analysis

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Racism and Loneliness: Two Components for Bitterness Norman Cousins once said, “The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.” Crooks, one character from John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, battles with loneliness. He is forced to deal with racial segregation and live in a confined space isolated. Since Crooks is secluded he becomes an unpleasant human being and treats others poorly. Crooks’ method for coping with his loneliness, hurts him as a person instead of helping him. Throughout Crooks’ life, he is forced to deal with racial segregation ever since he was young. After a long day of work on the ranch, Lennie sees the light in Crooks’ room and goes inside. Crooks explains to Lennie racial segregation and how he has had to deal with this issue in his life. He explains, “‘S’pose you didn’t have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the…show more content…
For Crooks, it was his whole life dealing with racial segregation and in his adulthood, he always had to be isolated from others. These life events shaped him into the person that he became angry and resentful. Today racial segregation is still an issue, many people have not yet accepted that the Civil Rights ended racial segregation. Justice Scalia is a perfect example, he is ignorant and believes that African-Americans should be put in slower passed schooling. Justice Scalia said, “There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the University of Texas, where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower track school where they do well.” He believes that African-Americans are not intelligent enough to go to the University of Texas, therefore, discriminating and being a racist. By separating the whites from the blacks, we are going back to the 1850s when the Jim Crow laws were in effect and separating blacks and whites in schools and other
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