In the novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the word nigger is used to develop the complex personality of Crooks. The story is centered around two migrant farmers; Lennie, who has a mental disability, and George, who watches over and protects Lennie from getting into any trouble. Crooks is a black man who works on the same ranch as these two men. Crooks is constantly discriminated against by his fellow workers because of his darker skin color. This unjust division has oppressed Crooks’ emotions, bringing forth a lack of confidence and strength within him. One afternoon, while most of the men have gone out into town, Lennie, while searching for his puppy, stumbles upon Crooks’ room, which has been isolated from the bunkhouse at which all the white men sleep. …show more content…
After much failed persisting, Crooks begins to explain why he isn’t wanted or accepted at the ranch by saying “‘If I say something, why it’s just a nigger sayin’ it?” [...] “This is a nigger talkin’ [...] So it don’t mean nothing, see?’” (Steinbeck 71). By saying this, Crooks reveals his sensitivity towards this harsh label. When the word nigger is used by those on the ranch to describe Crooks, he doesn’t take it lightly. Instead, he goes against his will by distancing himself far away from others, leaving both himself and his deep emotions in solitude. If Crooks continues to bottle up his emotions, he may never be able to properly express his hope to join George and Lennie on the journey to turn their dreams into a reality. This is why the word nigger is the most signifigant word used in chapter four of the novella Of Mice and
When Lennie comes into Crooks’ room after he sees a light on, Crooks becomes unwelcoming and tells Lennie, “You go on get outta my room. I ain’t wanted in the bunk house, and you ain’t wanted in my room” (67). Crooks doesn’t want Lennie in his room because the other men on the ranch don't want Crooks to be in the bunkhouse. Crooks is rude towards Lennie, he is often not allowed to be in the same places or do the same things the other men do and since the other people working on the ranch don’t want him around, Crooks treats Lennie the same way he gets treated. His room is the only place where he can be in without anyone telling him he has to leave and he is angry that other people can come into his room whenever they want, but he is never allowed to go to the places he wants 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
Steinbeck uses the historical setting of the Great Depression to help characterize Crooks as hopeless. First, the disdain with which the other men show towards Crooks. When George and Lennie first arrive at the ranch Candy introduces Crooks by saying, “Ya see the stable buck’s a ni***r” (Steinbeck 20). Crooks is generally referred to only as the n-word, as seen in this quote.
Loneliest at its finest John Steinbeck one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century wrote Of Mice and Men. He publishes this great book in 1936. In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck provides many aspects that reveal loneliness, also many events that tend to display lack of company, and racism. Steinbeck shows that Crooks is the loneliest character due to his race. In this quote, it is clearly presented why race has become an issue for crooks acceptance in the novel, "This is just a nigger talkin', an' a busted-back nigger.
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 an all alone, isolated character in Of Mice and Men, he is so isolated that he isn 't allowed in the bunkhouse because of his skin color and this loneliness and isolation affects him. When Lennie comes into Crooks ' room Crooks says "You got no right to come in my room. This here 's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me." Loneliness affects him here because he isn 't allowed in the bunkhouse so he has his own cabin and when Lennie comes in he isn 't used to people and he gets frustrated with Lennie.
In the novel “Of Mice and Men” John Steinbeck portrays the theme of social injustice throughout the story in the lives of several characters that include Lennie, Curley’s Wife, and the stable buck, Crooks. All of these characters are mistreated in some way, shape or form. The hardships that these characters faced help guide us to see the social injustice that is prevalent in the story. Lennie is a victim of social injustice due to the fact that he is mentally disabled. He is not treated fairly when he was accused of rape.
Analytical Paragraph Assignment Of Mice and Men provides us with plenty examples of dehumanization that guide us to conclusions, or insights or feelings of dehumanization. Some examples of this is the dehumanization of Lennie, Crooks and Curley’s wife. Of Mice and Men perfects the traits of dehumanization of Lennie by relating him to a number of animals like the horse. Steinbeck dehumanizes Lennie by comparing him to a horse when George says, “His huge companionship dropped his baskets and flung himself down and drank from the surface of the green pool; drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse” (Steinbeck, 2). Furthermore, Steinbeck helps us, by dehumanizing Crooks, living in a barn, to animals, to visualize how poorly Crooks is treated.
First off Crooks is the character that is held back in his journey towards freedom by his race. There are many examples where Crooks is insulted by his race, but there is this specific incident where George is laying down his cards and hears someone calling : “Stable buck, oooh stable buck!” And then, “Where the hell is that goddamn nigger?” This proves that in the 1930’s people were still racist and used to call African Americans names like nigger. And Crooks can’t really do anything because if he does he would probably get tortured or starved, and he can’t quit because it wasent his job, he was a slave.
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’” (Steinbeck 34). Crooks being restricted from the bunk house insinuates that he is treated much differently by isolating him to a separate world.
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.
Crooks is a black man who isn’t allowed to be in the house with all the men. The men won’t allow him to come in because of his color. Crooks is lonely and he doesn’t bother the men. One night Lennie came in and was talking to Crooks and telling them about the farm that they were going to get. For once Crooks thought well maybe I won’t be lonely I could go with them and don’t have worry about none of them.
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.
Crooks is an African American farm worker that works with horses on the land. Being a colored person in this era was harsh, and the color of your skin automatically determined the amount of power you would have, so African Americans did not have power compared to everyone else in society. “Lennie watched her, his mouth half open. Crooks had retired into the terrible protective dignity of the negro.” (79;ch.4).
Crooks is a black man who has been given the nickname because of his crooked back. He is another character in the novel that is discriminated against. Similarly, as Lennie and Candy are discriminated because of their weakness, Crooks is discriminated because of his race. For example, he says how he “ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse… can’t play [cards] because I’m black” (68). His race causes him to be separated from everyone else and be isolated in his own room.