Max Alexander Mrs. McGuire English 9 2 may 2017 Crooks Imagine being a black man on an all white farm back in the 1930’s where the Jim Crow Laws were in place. In the book “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, Crooks is also treated with disrespect by his boss. Whenever the boss gets mad, the boss takes it out on Crooks.
Most people at some point in time have felt lonely, as if the world is turning against them. A lot of people feel isolated and lonely due to some sort of barrier, whether it is race, gender, or people group. However, people can also choose to be lonely. In the novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, isolation and loneliness are displayed throughout the novel. It begins with two men named George and Lennie who have moved to work on a new ranch.
Some of the characters in the book have been described as more isolated and lonely than the other character, with the ones in particular ; Crooks, Candy and Curley’s Wife. Crooks is lonely because he is black and has a crooked back which is physically isolating him, Candy is lonely because he is old and only has one hand, Curley’s Wife is lonely because she is the only woman on the ranch. All the people living on the ranch are lonely to some extent. This is proven when Steinbeck describes the bunkhouse where all the workers sleep. " Over each bunk there was nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for personal belongings of the occupant of the bunk."
Many new farmers came to the plains in hopes to escape the depression. They used very poor farming techniques which disrupted the environment. With the especially dry climate, and thousands of new farmers using poor techniques, this created the disaster known as the Dust Bowl. Many people debate about how the dust bowl happened.
Bud, Not Buddy Critical Lens Literary Analysis Essay “During the Great Depression, African Americans were faced with problems that were not unlike those experienced by the most disadvantaged groups in society. The Great Depression had a leveling effect, and all groups really experienced hard times: poor whites, poor blacks”- William Julius Wilson. This quote relates to the Great Depression in 1929-1939, when whites and blacks were discriminated. They would usually live in cardboard houses called Hoovervilles, with no jobs or money.
The experience that the majority of urban and rural Americans shared together during the depression was a flat out lack of income. The differences were very few, but in the cities, the depression was more prominently visible because of a higher percentage of the population (Schultz 2014). Besides the lack of income and employment, most Americans underwent periods of time being extremely hungry. In the cities, people spent hours waiting in breadlines and were losing their homes to only end up living on the streets in communities referred to as "Hoovervilles" nicknamed after the president (Schultz 2014). In the country, families suffered because of unusual droughts of the 1930 's that caused crops to fail miserably meant the already indebted farmers commonly lost their properties.
“He wanted people to keep their distance from where he lived”(67). He didn’t get to stay in the bunkhouse and wasn’t able to play cards. He plays horseshoes against the other people on the ranch and wins most of the time. He doesn’t like Curley’s wife/ she is always looking for her husband.
“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty”(Mother Teresa). This quote best illustrates the theme throughout the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. The characters in this novel are constantly being placed in and out of farms in the early 1930’s. The author embellishes how the characters are trying to find a way out of their stage of loneliness; this is proven when they are forced into finding friendships. There are three characters that illustrate the theme in the novel Of Mice and Men, these people are Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s Wife.
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.
Because of the little money the farmers were making many were forced to leave and find work elsewhere. One-fourth of the people who lived in the Dust Bowl left the region. Many of them had skills beyond farming, and when they didn’t find work they suffered extreme poverty.(UXL Encyclopedia of Weather and Natural Disasters. Ed. Amy Hackney Blackwell and Elizabeth Manor.)(p223-225).
There were huge dump makeshift towns abundant with lost families; called “squatter camps” or “Hoovervilles of California”. There were countless wanderers, starving destitute families, desperate for any job to feed their own. These nomadic people were living in extreme property because their lands were destroyed and they lost everything , many small farm owners or business owners themselves, lost all that they owned and had no other choice, but to travel from place to place and try to find some source of income. Farm work wasn’t the easiest job to do, but for most it was all they knew. In addition, large industrialized farm corporations targeted such areas such as the Hoovervilles primarily because of how inexpensive their labor would cost them and how many desperate migrant farm laborers they could choose from.
The book contains many themes. Loneliness is one of the major themes. Loneliness is all throughout the book and shines through many characters. Crooks shows loneliness because of isolation due to his skin color. He is the only black man there so he is not allowed in the bunkhouse.
From both the story and what had happened during the Great Depression, people began to suffer from living in solitude due to their race, gender or disability. Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife’s situations were all examples of what occurred in the 1930’s as a result of the discrimination during that time. Because of this common lifestyle, people were often lonely and either accepted their situation and secluded themselves from society like Crooks, or refused to admit defeat and strived to connect with others in the same way as Candy and Curley’s wife did. Due to the prejudice and biased views of a different race, gender or those with disabilities, all characters during the economic crisis lived a lonely and depressing life. With how immensely the Great Depression affected those living in the 1930’s and causing people to suffer from its effects, people should learn from history and work together in order to prevent this disaster from