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The Role Of Desolation In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men, a story of friendship between to migrant farmers. Now when you here this you don't really think anything of this, but during this time migrant farmers didn't have friends it was just them no one else. Then you meet George and Lennie the two who break this stereotype of migrant farmers not having friends. In the book George and Lennie have ran away from their old job because of Lennie's mistakes, causing them to have to go find a new job. While George and Lennie may have each other, the other men are alone and tend be isolated even though there are other people around them. All the other Migrant farmers may be lonely, but there is one person in the book who not isolated because of his career, but because of his race. This…show more content…
Crooks becomes very anti-social when Curley's wife says,"She turned on him in scorn. “Listen, Nigger,” she said. “You know what I can do to you if you open your trap?"(39). After Curley's wife said this to Crooks he became mute and said nothing. Crooks didn't even try to defend himself because he knew the consequences of what would happen. In the book Crooks isn't seen much probably because for one crooks wasn't allowed to join in the different events and activities the other migrant farmers did. Crooks also caused some of the reasons for why he's anti-social. Crooks shows a reason of him wanting to be anti-social when he says,"You go on get outa my room. I ain’t wanted in the bunk house, and you ain’t wanted in my room"(34). Crooks tells Lennie that he doesn't allow anyone else in his bunk but himself. This shows Crooks staying away from others and not trying to have a social life. Crooks is afraid to talk because he knows his race doesn't have the Freedom to talk so he stays quite and to himself. Being anti-social can be caused by many things, but the man thing in crooks case is the way he's has been treated by others. This concludes to why crooks is one or maybe the most disempowered person on the ranch. All the reason stated of him being mistreated, isolated, and being anti-social give proof to why he is disempowered. This proves that crooks is isolated from the group because of his race. The evidence also proves that it affects him by being very anti-social and causes him to isolate himself from the other migrant farmers. The real question to sum up this is what does Steinbeck think of a Lonely African American migrant farmer who is isolated because his
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