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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George and Lennie are migrant workers, which mean they go from town to town looking for any work they can get frequently. This book had its tragic at parts and it showed how dreams can be crushed very easily. John Steinbeck in his book, Of Mice and Men,
The isolated conditions aren’t ideal and are much worse than those of the rest of the workers. Being physically disabled and racially different, Crooks has to cope with the harsh realities of the time period, causing the most suffering on his side of the story. His room in the barn was purposely placed to show the effects of his discrimination throughout the job, as well as the lack of communication it causes. Crooks doesn’t have any say in the situation and lacks power in the hierarchy of the ranch, causing him to suffer the most through the reality of
People need people. Being lonely can make society go insane… especially unexpected people. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, two unlikely paired men named George is an undersized, dark man with “sharp, strong features”; he’s quick to face when it comes to his friend Lennie. Lennie, his companion is his opposite, a sweet, dous size man with a “shapeless” face that has a mind of a child. They share a dream of buying their own piece of land, farming it, and mostly to Lennie, keeping the rabbits... but traumatic events gets in their way to make it tough for them to accomplish it.
Since Curley's wife never received a letter back from the movie director who promised her a role in Hollywood. However that barrier isn’t changeable, and the only barrier she has is her inability to move on from her dead dream. Crooks is in a similar position to Curly wife. He is crippled which hinders is working ability ,and the color of his skin hinders his ability to be hired. Since this book takes place in 1937, the people living in this time are racist to people of color.
By living alone in a big bunkhouse made Crook’s and outcast by not socializing or living with other people on the ranch. In fact, Crook’s is the only African American on the ranch (66). Therefore, he is not regarded as having the same work as a white worker. The race was a common issue during these times. Crook’s realizes he isn't wanted because he is
This statement shows how defensive Crooks has become because he is not used to ever talking to other people. The only time people ever talk to him is to disrespect him, and he has built up a sort of protective shield, knowing that people think of him differently. Crooks’ defensiveness proves how anti-social he is. Crook’s social powerlessness puts him at a disadvantage because it makes him feel even more lonely than everyone else, considering how lonely ranch workers already are. Other people can at least talk to each other, but Crooks is completely
These characters Crooks, Candy, and Curley’s wife, are different from the rest. Making them social outcasts. Crooks is a different race, so people tend to leave him out of things. When Crooks is just getting introduced to George and Lennie, they called him a “nigger.” Even Candy says, “Ya see that stable buck’s a nigger” (22).
More specifically, the workers resent Crooks because of his color, and as a result, he is segregated from the men and their activities. However, Crooks can not just quit his job or move from place to place, as he, similar to Candy, is not likely to get another job. An example in the novel reads, “‘Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black.’” It can be argued that Crooks faces the most isolation out of all the characters in Of Mice and Men, as other people’s struggles do not compare to the issues he deals with everyday.
John Steinbeck has shown the risks of having a close friendship with someone meaningful in his novella Of Mice and Men. It starts in California, where two migrant workers named George and Lennie set out to find work on several farms in the countryside. These two men are quite different from each other since George is a small, dark man with “sharp, strong features” and Lennie is a giant man with a “shapeless” face. Though George sometimes wishes he wouldn’t have to stay with Lennie, the feelings both men have shared have been mutual since the beginning.
Another example of Crooks getting discriminated because he is black is when he and Curley’s wife are arguing. She completely shuts him down by saying how she could get anyone to lynch him at any time. Crooks can say nothing but “Yes, ma’am”. Even Curley’s wife, who is considered weak, can pick on even weaker people, like Crooks.
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
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.
One’s self has experienced loneliness from choice or forced into isolation. The novel ¨Of Mice and Men¨ written by John Steinbeck, took place during the Great Depression, near Soledad, California. The protagonist, George and the antagonist, Lennie are mid aged, white men who are working on a ranch with other mid aged, white men. Along with ones who aren’t as focused at the time, such as Crooks, the negro or black, Curley’s wife, the woman and, Candy, the old and weak man were treated differently from all the white, strong males in the novel due to the setting the novel. This making distance in relationships in Of Mice and Men, isolating these characters into loneliness.
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.
Crooks was forced to sleep in a separate room next to the stable, apart from the bunks where the rest of the ranch workers resided. Crooks was unable to participate in anything that the rest of the ranch workers did. All of this was a result of his ethnicity. “ “Cause I’m black. They play cards, but I can’t play because I’m black.