(Steinbeck, 2006, Page 77) Discrimination was common during the time when Of Mice and Men was set. The language in which the white men refer to Crooks, is not accepted in today’s society. Crooks brushes off the remarks of the stable men, but he needs to feel superior over someone or something. Lennie. Crooks makes up stories to tell Lennie.
Crooks and Curley’s wife are both main characters in the story. Although they both repel each other's characters, both of them highlight the prejudice which Black people and Women suffer in the 1930’s society. During the 1930’s, black people from the south were excluded from white people activities, which then forced them to leave and travel north and west in hopes of a better life. In the same time period,women still faced discrimination in workplaces, households and suffered in the great depression. Steinbeck uses this era of isolation to illustrate the segregated society which the characters live in, and allude their personality to racial attitudes and
Within the novel Crooks deals with loneliness, because he is segregated by his skin color. “S’pose you couldn’t go into the bunkhouse and play rummy ‘cause you was black... A guy goes nuts when he ain’t got nobody” (72). Crooks is black, and in
Based off what the reader knows about Crooks from chapter four, the reader can infer that he would be the kind of person to join the NAACP. The reason for this is because he believes that African Americans do not receive the same things that whites do. In the text it states, “‘ This is just a nigger talkin’, an’ a busted-black nigger, So it don’t mean nothing, see? [...] It don't make no difference, no difference’” (Steinbeck 71). This shows that Crooks thinks that it makes no difference if you are black or white, even though he is an African American and he is disabled it shouldn’t mean that anything is different. In the article about African American rights it talks about how people during the Great Depression didn’t care what the jobs
Contrasting Crooks’ somber attitude with Lennie's undying innocence makes it clear where Steinbeck stands on the matter. For example, Crooks is temporarily seduced by the idea of Lennie and George’s farm, but is almost immediately brought down by reality, and Curley’s wife. She brings him back to the reality of a black man at the time, saying: "Well, you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny" (39). After this event occurs, Crooks disregards his rare idealism, saying that he “wouldn’ want to go no place like that” (41).
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.
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.
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
“...Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black.” Steinbeck divulges that Crooks is well aware of the fact that him and the people of his race are unconditionally segregated against the opposite race. Although Crook’s speaks that line with obvious revulsion against the white race, Steinbeck throws in hints of sadness in the way Crooks speaks the sentence. This makes the reader feel sympathetic towards Crook’s character due to his segregation and discriminations in the 1930’s
Faris Ghandour Block D January 5, 2016 “Crooks, an Isolated Man” People never realize that biologically, there is just one human race. Back in the 1930s, that wasn’t what people thought. All races other than white were not considered to be not human. In John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”, Crooks was a significant man and more important of what society thought of African Americans.
However, Steinbeck also uses light and darkness to show the hidden sides of neglected characters such as Crooks. Crooks, the negro stable buck, is portrayed to have died from the inside and is living merely as a breathing corpse. Not because of the fact that he could not achieve the American Dream or live a lavish life. But, simply because of the fact that he is a negro who is surfeited of being ill treated and discriminated. “His eyes lay deep in his head, and because of their depth seemed to glitter with intensity.”, give the impression that inside Crooks is full of anger and indignation.
In the book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck Lennie and George go to Soledad to work on a ranch. George and Lennie are migrant workers that are trying to get a farm for themselves. This is hard for them because Lennie is disabled and seems to always be getting in trouble. When they -- George and Lennie -- are at the ranch, they and the reader experience lots of racial discrimination towards African Americans. One of the people that gets discriminated in the book is Crooks.
He has this big dream of living at a ranch, with his own family, and what a typical ranch has. Unfortunately, he cannot pursue his dream. Crooks is African American. The setting of the novel is during the 1930s which is America's time of the Great Depression. Therefore racial equality by law has a long way to go.
Crooks is constantly being discriminated against which is the effect of being colored at this time. During the book talks to Crooks about the farm he desires, Crook says to Lennie, “S'pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy 'cause you was black. How'd you like that?” () Crook is at the bottom of the social hierarchy because of his race. This inequality is the barrier to his dreams of being
Lonely, ignored, different, and unaccepted, Crooks is a segregated African American character in the fictional novella, Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck. Crooks is the considered the lower class on the farm; he is also isolated from most of his co-workers. The main reason why Crooks is treated like this is because of his race. The theme statement, racial discrimination affects African Americans negatively, is best illustrated by Crooks.