This loneliness is portrayed throughout John Steinbeck 's novel, Of Mice and Men. The main characters affected include Curley’s Wife, Crooks, and Lennie. These characters undergo the side effects of the Great Depression each in a different way, but ultimately compare as they become most lonely in the end. Curley’s Wife is just a young lady who had such big plans for her life, only to have them shut down after getting married. Crooks was declared as less of a person because of the way he looked and Lennie was defined as excess baggage.
Among the many characters throughout the novel, Crooks behavior is demonstrated when he isolates himself from others and becomes lonely because of his skin color. Racism is an on-going issue for generations, especially towards the blacks. The author strongly portrays loneliness within Crookes
Crooks told Lennie what it is like to be a lone black man and some of his everyday struggles. Lennie asked Crooks “Why Ain’t you wanted?” Crooks replied “Cause I’m black” he also told Lennie, “I tell ya a guy gets lonely and he gets sick.” The explanation supports the fact that Crooks was plagued by loneliness and alienation and he wanted
They play cards, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I stink. Well I tell you all of you stink to me.” ”(65) Crooks was shunned because his physical appearance and wasn’t treated the same as the rest of the men. This makes Crooks a key character that informs us of the social injustices that where prominent during the time period of the novel. In the novel “Of Mice and Men” the theme of social injustice is presented by John Steinbeck through the characters of Lennie, Curley’s wife, and Crooks.
James Agee and Walker Evan’s work Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, explores the rural poor during the Depression Era and seeks to expose the reality of the people’s situations, while simultaneously attempting to disrupt the illusion of objectivity. This work is persistent in its battle between being a realist text and being a modernist work. In Agee’s writings, he constantly muses over his inability to remain objective and to capture life as it is happening. This anxiety is often at its peak whenever Agee’s and Evan’s journey forces them to cross paths with Blacks. While some may critique the work for its brief, and often uncomfortable, scenes of the Blacks that Agee has encountered, I argue that he purposefully does not attempt to study a Black
Racism and Loneliness: Two Components for Bitterness Norman Cousins once said, “The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.” Crooks, one character from John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, battles with loneliness. He is forced to deal with racial segregation and live in a confined space isolated. Since Crooks is secluded he becomes an unpleasant human being and treats others poorly. Crooks’ method for coping with his loneliness, hurts him as a person instead of helping him. Throughout Crooks’ life, he is forced to deal with racial segregation ever since he was young.
Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, is a wonderful novel. The story takes place during the Great Depression and is centered around the lives of men that work on a ranch in California. When protagonists George and Lennie come to the ranch, they realized how lucky they are to have each other. People on the ranch tell George and Lennie that they often feel lonely. Among those who represent loneliness are Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Curley.
Throughout James Baldwin’s stories, such as “Sonny’s Blues”, “The Rockpile”, and “The Outing”, he uses classism, racism, sexism, and despair to express hardships throughout his life and others. The life of James Baldwin was very difficult since he lived during the Harlem Renaissance, 1920s. Being born as a gay black man without much money. Being black during the 1920s made you a target of hateful actions and thoughts. While being gay during the 1920s also made you a target for hate, even worse than for being black in some cases.
Various themes are demonstrated throughout the novel Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck. Some themes expressed are friendship, powerlessness, women and femininity, and weak versus strong. One of the most prominent themes in this novel is outsiders of society. Crooks, a discriminated African American man, Lennie, a grown man whose brain as well as his actions are childlike, and Candy, an elderly man with one hand missing and showing his naivety, are three characters that exhibit traits that deem them outsiders and personify the theme of outsiders of society. Due to the characteristics of Crooks, Lennie, and Candy, they are the outsiders of society in this novel.
One of the people that gets discriminated in the book is Crooks. Crooks is an African American that gets mistreated because of race. There are a few examples that the author really highlights, when we find out that Crooks is living away from all of the white men, nobody comes to visit him, and he gets referred to by the other men with racist slurs. He also works by himself on jobs that are difficult to him since his was crippled by a horse. There are some striking