Crooks Misunderstood Man

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Mohammed Abadi
Block D
January 5, 2016
The Misunderstood Man Racism was one of the biggest problems in the 1930’s and in the human history. African-American people were treated like animals, the white people considered the African-American people as lower than them in social raking and treated them with injustice. In Steinbeck’s story, Crooks displays how hard life was for every African-American man in 1930’s. They were treated like animals, carelessly, disrespectfully, and they were also tortured. 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. They say I stink. Well, I tell you, you all of you stink to me (Steinbeck, 68).” Crooks is harsh to other people because of how …show more content…

Crooks’ motivation is George and Lennie. After he hears what they want to do he gets excited and that motivated him to follow his dream. He isn’t afraid to tell Lennie his dreams and trusts Lennie unlike the others who he thinks would laugh at his dreams. Another motivation is leaving this farm to live with George and Lennie when they get their own ranch. Crooks knew that he will have an easier life and will be freeier. Curly’s wife tries to throw Crooks off by insulting him and constantly talking about lynching, as Curly’s wife told Crooks "Well, you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny. (Steinbeck, 80)" Crooks feels sad when she talks about this and wants to give up on his dreams. Most importantly Crooks wants to keep following his dream but because of his race he thinks that it is not

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