Crooks’ life was extremely harsh due to racism back in the 1930s. Crook is an African American man in the story. He is called ‘Crooks’ because of his crooked spine he got when he got struck by a horse. Crooks is the only African American man on the farm but is the strongest academic aspect. Crooks is enclosed by books which makes him very literate.
Crooks is a black man who has been given the nickname because of his crooked back. He is another character in the novel that is discriminated against. Similarly, as Lennie and Candy are discriminated because of their weakness, Crooks is discriminated because of his race. For example, he says how he “ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse… can’t play [cards] because I’m black” (68). His race causes him to be separated from everyone else and be isolated in his own room.
John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men highlights the adventures of two best friends that stimulate modern issues such as white males dominating the world. There are many themes in the book, but one that is the most eye catching is the theme of people with differences being ostracized by society. This theme of society ostracizing different people is shown through Lennie’s disability, and Crooks’ color of skin. Lennie is a large migrant worker who is childish due to his mental disability. His best friend George, who acts like his second hand, helps him through everything in life.
Crooks came from the North, and absolutely despised the way the other men treated him because of his color. But
In the 1930’s the world struggled with many issues such as racism, prejudice, and injustice hierarchy. Many of these problems still remain a problem to this day. In the book, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the themes of the book symbolize the social struggles of the time period of the Great Depression. In the story, two men travel place to place, trying to maintain a job to make a living. However, Lennie, a strong, mentally handicapped character makes it difficult for him and his caretaker George, to stay in one place.
In the book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck Lennie and George go to Soledad to work on a ranch. George and Lennie are migrant workers that are trying to get a farm for themselves. This is hard for them because Lennie is disabled and seems to always be getting in trouble. When they -- George and Lennie -- are at the ranch, they and the reader experience lots of racial discrimination towards African Americans. One of the people that gets discriminated in the book is Crooks.
And as a person of color, Crooks realizes and sees all this happening, just before the conversation, Lennie asked, “‘Why ain’t you wanted. Cause I 'm black,’” Crooks responded (OMAN 68). Crooks sees all of the small but racist actions that are done upon him by the other workers, not letting him play cards, saying he stinks, Crooks knows that this is all just because he is
Steinbeck utilizes symbols such as Crooks and Curley’s Wife, the ranch and rabbits to portray the American Dream as impossible to catch. While the Great Depression lasted, there was a great deal of segregation of color and gender that endured with it too. In Of Mice and Men, Crooks and Curley’s wife are affected by this subject. Crooks being the only black guy and Curley’s wife being the only woman on the ranch face many restrictions. Crooks lives in the barn and his job is to take care of the horses and to clean the barn.
In John Steinbeck’s story Of Mice and Men the idea of prejudice, and discrimination is present from start to finish. Steinbeck puts great emphasis on how one's intellectual, financial and social standing affects power. Upon first being introduced to the characters in the book, they all seem the same. "They were dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons. All wore black, shapeless hats and carried tight blanket rolls slung over their shoulders".
The novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck begins besides the Salinas river near Soledad, California, 1937. Where two traveling farm hands George Milton(the main character) and Lennie Small are on their way to a nearby ranch. The two have recently escaped from a farm where Lennie was accused of rape after he tried to feel a woman’s soft dress. Lennie, a mentally disabled man finds great pleasure in feeling soft things. As they’re walking, George yells at Lennie for playing with a dead mouse and tells him not to speak when they reach the new farm.