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.
All better than people.” She has witnessed many displeasing things and the natural cruelty of animals is preferred by her than what she has witnessed outside. 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.
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’.
This making distance in relationships in Of Mice and Men, isolating these characters into loneliness. 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. Additionally, he focuses on the inferiority of women, who cannot openly exert their power.
They all can’t decide whether it is that they want to be alone or not. 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” (Wilson 39). Although Mrs. Bellmont has already alienated Frado as a result of her skin color, she attempts to further remove Frado by attempting to expel Frado from the liminal space she occupies as a mulatto by making her darker skinned.
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. Curley’s wife is lonely and isolated because she doesn’t care for her husband and she knows she could have done better.
Crooks knows that the only thing worse than being a woman on a ranch is being a black man. 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
That brings the reader to wonder; what happens to a society when many citizens feel marginalized? In the novel, one of the ranch hands named crooks is segregated from the main group due to him being an African-American. Also in the work, Lennie, a disabled child-like man is treated contrastingly than others.
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. Racism and sexism are the forefront of misjudgment.