In the story “Of Mice And Men” there is an african american worker who works on the ranch that the two main characters are hired at. This man 's name is crooks and when he is first introduced we learn that he is victimized because of the color of his skin and that he is handicapped in that his back is crooked, hence the name crooks. Even the woman on the ranch, (curley 's wife) puts him down, he is used as a punching bag by everyone on the ranch. “She turned on him in scorn. " Listen, Nigger," she said.
As a white Creole, many people hated her family. Her family was ruined because of the racial disputes. Her mother’s insanity was triggered too by this. Even her husband seems to be distant because of this racial difference. Antoinette seems to want a lot of affection.
Crooks is the only black stable-hand in the novel, he displays how he is isolated and discriminated due to his race, however, he fears others when they approach him because he doesn 't want to become more lonely. The other ranch-hands discriminates against him “‘cause [he’s] black. They play cards in there, but [he] can’t play because [he’s] black. They say [he] stink[s]” (68). However, when Lennie came to Crooks, he was very careful and defensive towards Lennie because of the thought that Lennie would also be like the other workers and discriminate him.
From Delaware to California, and from North Dakota to Texas, many states (and cities, too) could impose legal punishments on people for consorting with members of another race. The most common types of laws forbade intermarriage and ordered business owners and public institutions to keep their black and white clientele separated. In Of Mice and Men, the theme of racism is expressed throughout by the character Crooks. The treatment of Crooks is both interesting and startling to a modern reader: he has some social contract with the rest of the ranch workers but is still persecuted by them for being black. In the routinely racist world of 1930s California, Crooks’ colour is his defining feature, as Candy explains, ‘Ya see the stable buck’s a nigger’.
Steinbeck’s characterization and setting expresses his belief that it is both social barriers and personal choice that causes the loneliness and isolation of the characters. Civil rights caused separation and isolation towards black people when Of Mice and Men took place. As Crooks mention himself “Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I 'm black.
Was one of the most preeminent writers in history prejudiced against women? It is formidably supported that John Steinbeck had strong prejudiced opinions about women as evidenced by his writings. Considering the vast number of available works, only a small selection of Steinbeck’s most popular literature is needed to investigate the slighted nature of his female characters: the women of The Grapes of Wrath, Eliza from “The Chrysanthemums,” and Curly’s wife in Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck repeatedly generates a society that does not provide a place for women with ambition or intelligence, despite any effort to try and insert themselves into society.
Steinbeck displays through the dialogue and characterizations that these characters experience isolation because of both social barriers and personal choice. 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
Because Frado is of mixed race, she experiences an even worse sort of degradation than she would have if both of her parents had been black, a situation which leads to her position as a societal outcast. For example, Mrs. Bellmont’s hatred for Frado and the strength of her cruelty progressively increase throughout the story in part because Frado “was not many shades darker than Mary now,” suggesting that Mrs. Bellmont fears the power that black people could gain if they were treated as equals to whites in the North (Wilson 39). For example, Mrs. Bellmont forbids Frado from sheltering her skin from the sun in an attempt to make Frado darker. She fears that her peers will notice that Frado is not much darker than Mary: “what a calamity it would be to ever hear that contrast spoken of.... Mrs. Bellmont was determined the sun should have full power to darken the shade which nature had first bestowed on her as best fitting”
A key aspect of any novel or story is the way the characters interact and feel towards everything. In John Steinbeck’s, “Of Mice and Men”, the characters tend to give off the effect of loneliness and the feeling of isolation throughout the novel. The main characters that give off the effect of loneliness and the feeling of isolation are Curley’s wife, Crooks, and George. They’ve been truly alone, if not in mind then in body.
But, instead of feeling any solidarity with Crooks, Curley’s wife treats him as the only guy she can pick on instead of trying to pick up. This whole notion of racial discrimination is present throughout both books and still in the world
World Full of Racists and Sexists Imagine yourself living in a world where you are told your skin color is not beautiful simply because you are not a certain color that society condones “attractive.” Imagine living in a world, where you are seen as a sexual object that cannot be more intelligent than the men and put down constantly for having a different gender. Look no further; this is reality for almost all females out there in the world whose skin color is not white. Full of people labeling people based on appearance and not on the personality of a person. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Crooks and Curley’s wife are victims of such labels and assumptions.
John Steinbeck is a famous novelist who was born and raised in the country seat of Monterey Country in Salinas, California. The familiar geography and demographics inspired Steinbeck’s later novels and short stories. In his early adolescence, Steinbeck showed a growing interest in writing. He would work late at night in his attic, sometimes inviting friends over to read aloud to them. Hoping to sharpen his skills, Steinbeck enrolled at Sanford University in 1919.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is a story about two workers named George Milton and Lennie Small who are working in a ranch outside of Soledad, California. George takes care Lennie ,who is mentally disabled, throughout their adventure. Throughout the book, there is profound language, racism, and sexism found. These factors make people question if it is appropriate for high school students to read and analyze this book. Even though it includes these factors, Of Mice and Men should not be banned.
Of Mice and Men “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.