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.
Crooks, who is the black man in the story, is treated differently because of his skin color. Crooks lives in a barn alone, separated from all the whites. Lennie asks Crooks about it and Crooks answered him; “I ain’t wanted in the bunk house, and you ain’t wanted in my room.” “Why ain’t you wanted?” Lennie asked. ’Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black.
Curley’s wife is the only woman on the ranch. Steinbeck depicts her as unimportant because she goes unnamed throughout the entire book, only referred to as Curley’s wife. Son of the boss of the ranch, Curley, is always looking for a fight. In fact, Curley only talks to his wife about who he wants to fight, nothing about what she cares about he feels. An example of a relationship without caring or connection to the other person.
He knows that he is discriminated against for his race and does not think it is fair. He is like all of the other workers except he has a different skin color. “This is just a nigger talkin’ , an’ a busted black nigger” (71). Crooks knows that the other workers call him a “nigger” or “black” and they do not see him as a regular human. He is all alone out in his barn because the others have prejudice against African-Americans.
Due to the characteristics of Crooks, Lennie, and Candy, they are the outsiders of society in this novel. To begin, Crooks is an outsider as he is not of white descent and the only colored man that works on the ranch. Crooks is discriminated upon by the workers on the ranch and sleeps in a room segregated from the others that sleep in the bunkhouse together. Moreover, he is not allowed to play cards with the men who live in the bunkhouse because in their words, he “stinks”; it is not the fact that Crooks stinks, but the fact that he is black. In section four of Of Mice and Men, Crooks’ character says, “‘S’pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy ‘cause you was black,’” (Steinbeck 72).
Jealously, like how it is shown in the video, is evident within Crooks. Although it is not blatantly said that Crooks is jealous, we can assume he is from his words and actions. For example, on page 68, Crooks goes on to say that he isn’t allowed in the bunkhouse since he is black, then later on, on page 74, he goes on about how, someone can go crazy if they have no one to talk to, and that too much loneliness will make you sick. From these two examples, we can see that Crook’s is jealous of the other farm workers and on a more specific level, George and Lennie. He is jealous because they have someone to talk to, and although he has many possessions, none of them can fill his void of loneliness.
“There is no greater disability in society , than the inability to see a person as more” by Robert M. Hensel . Discrimination is a unjust treatment, both women and men have been discriminated by their differences between themselves. In Of MIce and Men many characters are discriminated for their disabilities, gender, age, and the most known the discrimination of color. Curley’s wife is discriminated for her gender. As the wife of the son’s boss, she is isolated by many other men, but is not able to make any contact with them due to her jealous husband.
With her controlling husband and being the only woman on the farm, Curley’s wife is constantly ignored or dismissed,“ Well you keep away from her, ‘cause she's a rat trap if I ever seen one. You let Curley take the rap. He let himself in for it. Glove fulla
Crooks and Curley’s wife are prime examples of this. Because they are weak, the only way they can feel strong is by making others around them feel weaker. Crooks, when talking to Lennie, wants to see him at his most vulnerable point, so, he criticizes his dream, one of the two things Lennie cares about. He says to Lennie that, “[He’s] seen hundreds of men come by on the road… an’ every damn one of ‘em’s got a little piece of land in [their] head. An’ never a God damn one of ‘em ever gets it.”(74).
With the Great Depression happening during the time period, many jobs were unavailable along with the tension in the air between race and gender. Slavery was abolished and women had equal voting rights though this by no means did that meant they were equal to the white men. Women were still treated similar to property and not akin to actual human beings; meanwhile, segregation was blatantly obvious in most places in the United States. John Steinbeck’s book Of Mice and Men was set during the Great Depression on a predominantly white male ranch. Steinbeck’s minor supporting characters face loneliness through a series of socially imposed problems such as ageism, racism, and sexism to doubt the morality of society and show the effects of long-term