Crooks is an African-American migrant worker that has to sleep in a different area then the rest of the workers just because of his skin color. Crooks says to Lennie “S’pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse an’ play rummy ‘cause you was black. How’d you like that” (71)? Crooks does not want to be lonely anymore and does not like being separated. Many of the men on the farm are racist so they have no compassion for Crooks.
Crooks attitude is being closed off from the rest of the workers. He feels as if he isn't good enough to be with the other ranch hands. They don't want him in the bunk house, so he in turn doesn't want them in his room. He feels threatened by the others on the ranch. Most of the people on the ranch treated Crooks unfairly just because he was black.
Due to the characteristics of Crooks, Lennie, and Candy, they are the outsiders of society in this novel. To begin, Crooks is an outsider as he is not of white descent and the only colored man that works on the ranch. Crooks is discriminated upon by the workers on the ranch and sleeps in a room segregated from the others that sleep in the bunkhouse together. Moreover, he is not allowed to play cards with the men who live in the bunkhouse because in their words, he “stinks”; it is not the fact that Crooks stinks, but the fact that he is black. In section four of Of Mice and Men, Crooks’ character says, “‘S’pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy ‘cause you was black,’” (Steinbeck 72).
After talking with Lennie for awhile, Crooks reveals that he is often lonely. As a child, Crooks was part of the only black family for miles, but he still played with the white boys. Now that he is on the farm, the white men feel superior. Apparently, Crooks smells bad and is black, so the men do not allow him in the bunkhouse. Crooks hates the other men, so he gets mad at Lennie for invading his privacy.
Faris Ghandour Block D January 5, 2016 “Crooks, an Isolated Man” People never realize that biologically, there is just one human race. Back in the 1930s, that wasn’t what people thought. All races other than white were not considered to be not human. In John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”, Crooks was a significant man and more important of what society thought of African Americans. Crooks’ life was extremely harsh due to racism back in the 1930s.
Crooks he is lonely because he is the only black person at the job. “Many people don’t come in the niggers ranch very much”(70) he told Lennie “Growing up I always been the only black family,or black man in a place.”(70) In the book it’s proven that Crooks is lonely because when Lennie came into to his ranch he began to mess with him and act like someone hurt George and he was not coming back he did this because he usually does not get to have fun He stop before Lennie hurts him he does this because he usually never gets to have any fun with anyone because no one is ever around. Crooks has it really hard the boss takes his anger out on Crooks. He is not allowed in the ranch there really one thing he can do if he gets lucky and that is play horseshoes outside the
The Segregation Crooks faces Isn’t nearly as a harsh as it would be in Jackson or Birmingham However, The isolation is ten times worse. Crooks pushes others away just as much as others push him away this is because he was taught this as a child that, he must relate with his own ‘kind’ though there isn’t another black family for miles. Crooks has a very lonely life because he doesn’t have any person that can completely understand what he feels. He can prattle on to people like lennie all he wants but it doesn’t satisfy him
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
Loneliness is something no living thing wants, unfortunately for Crooks and Curley's wife they feel lonesome. Crooks is a black colored man, he is not allowed to go in the bunk house or around the house because he is a “negro”. He owns many objects that a bindlestiffs would obtain, he owns a copy of the california civil code for 1905, and books and magazines.In Chapter 4 John steinbeck exports Crooks in loneliness; Crooks clearly states he is lonely in chapter 4 by saying “ A guy goes nuts if he got nobody. Don't make a difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, he cried, I tell ya a guy gets lonely an’ he gets sick”(72-73).
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.