"’Cause I’m black…"(Steinbeck ch.4). This is the only time that we see crooks discussing how everyone on the ranch degrades him and discriminates him. Crooks is so oppressed by the society that he lives in, that he starts to opress himself and he seems to be depressed. Crooks never talks back to any of the ranch workers when they call him racial slurs to his face. Crooks either has a strong will to keep working here, or, he knows that he has no other choice than to go out alone and starve.
Well I tell you, you all stink to me!” He’s not even allowed to engage in activities with the white people. Because he is treated so unfairly he acts the same way towards the whites that have offended him. "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" He said this because he was trying to find a personal with Lennie, because like Lennie, Crooks also has the same feelings of loneliness.
When I relocated from Hong Kong to Shanghai, life was difficult. It have made me depressed and isolated from the other students. Hope and motivation can get some people out of isolation, sometimes, it won’t. In the book “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, the author uses minor characters of Crooks, Curley’s Wife and Candy to show how difficult life can make people isolated and depressed. Crooks is the only black worker in the ranch and he is often discriminated which leads to his isolation.
They all can’t decide whether it is that they want to be alone or not. 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
They travel to a different town and begin working on a ranch, and shortly later another fatal occurrence happens. In the end, George is forced to make an extremely difficult decision that results in him taking on the rest of his life solo. This novel explores the effects of oppression on women, African Americans, and people with disabilities. First, the women of the Great Depression were oppressed greatly. In Of Mice and Men, Curley, the ranch owner’s son, has a wife that is not treated fairly.
Loneliness is inescapable. Everyone at some time in his or her life has experienced loneliness. However, loneliness comes in many shapes and forms. It is not always solitude caused by the absence of people, but by the lack of understanding of those around you. The two main protagonists in Of Mice and Men, George Milton and Lennie Small, are migrant laborers looking for work on various ranches during the Great Depression in the 1930s.
There, they encounter many different characters with their own shortcomings, whether mental, physical, or social. Each character and their handicap together represent a specific theme in the novel. Crooks is the African-American man who works in the stables of the farm. He got kicked by a horse many years ago, resulting in his crooked back. While his back is indeed a physical defect that hinders him, but the thing that segregates him from the others is his race.
When the ranchers went to town and left the outcasts behind, Crooks’s character and role in society are developed through the dialogue between the people who are left behind along with him. Soon after Lennie walks into Crooks’s room, Candy joins the men in the stable which Crooks protests as he tries ”to conceal his pleasure with anger” (Steinbeck 75). Being African American has given Crooks a hard life, as he does not get to take part in the activities of the other ranchers like heading to town or playing cards. At the time, many African Americans suffered from the same problems of isolation from society, for there was no civil rights movement to give them equal respect, pay, or authority as other people. Even today, racism is a major issue
A man of a different race is assumed to be treated justly, especially in this current generation. However, segregation unfortunately still is an enormous issue, although it was said to be resolved many years prior. The novella, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, accompanies several ranchers who all are detached from one another in various manners. Precisely, Crooks, an African American stable buck who resides at the ranch, is segregated so extremely often that he never truly considers that he belongs anywhere. Society, using isolation and alienation as key components, can compel people to feel inferior and abandoned which can lead to a sense of despair or helplessness.
He is isolated from everyone else because of his skin color. For example, people refer to him as “nigger” (Steinbeck 11). Calling him racial slurs that are offensive to him reveals that he is treated differently than society. Crooks has his own separate room for himself because of his color. “‘You go on get outta my room.