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Of mice and men - What does the scene set in crooks's room tell us about the life on the ranch?

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Maryam Marmar S10 English-Ms.Bache What does the scene set in crooks's room tell us about the life on the ranch? Crooks scene is a key point in the novel "of mice and men", as the themes that are touched upon in this scene apply to the whole novel, and we learn a lot about life on the ranch for example segregation of the black community and the isolation that is faced while working on the ranch. We come across crooks's scene towards the middle of the novel. The main characters in this scene are Lennie, Candy, Curley's wife and obviously Crooks. From the start we soon realise there is mistrust within people on the ranch. "Slim looked through George and beyond him. "Ain't many guys travel around together, " he mused, "I don't know why. Maybe every'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other." ...read more.

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During the Crooks's scene we learn a lot about the various characters in the novel. From the very beginning of the novel we know Lennie is mentally challenged, "...Lennie dipped his whole head under, hat and all..."(page 5), however he also seems oblivious the world around him and the hurdles that some people have to overcome to get through life like Crook's. "...I ain't wanted in the bunk house... why ain't you wanted?... Cause I'm black..." (Page 68). Crooks and Curleys wife may seem completely different which is true but in some ways they are both very similar. They both share the same hopes and dreams of making something of themselves one day. Both Crooks and Curleys wife are rejected from society, but for different reasons. Crooks is rejected from society because of the colour of his skin and Curleys wife is rejected from society because she is seen as a "bait-trap". ...read more.

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Lennie is not accepted within the society that is set in the novel. He like Curleys wife and crooks is also marginalized but this is because Lennie is quite mentally challenged, however he knows how to manipulate George. "Lennie dipped his whole head under, hat and all, and then he sat up on the bank and his hat dripped down on his blue coat and ran down his back." (Page 5). During the 1920's stock market crash every one had to fight for survival, people only thought about them selves and how they were going to earn the money to put the food on the table, the novel "Of mice and men" is based on real life experiences. People did not have time to show each other empathy they were too busy with their own lives and every day problems. The Crooks scene tells us what life was like not only on the ranch in the novel but also what real life was like on a real ranch. ...read more.

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