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Crooks and Curley's wife experience loneliness and isolation and in what way they try to deal with these difficulties.

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In this essay I intend to write about why Crooks and Curley's wife experience loneliness and isolation and in what way they try to deal with these difficulties. Crooks is a nergro stable buck with a crooked spine. His eyes are described as the most noticeable feature on his face, brimming with knowledge of the injustice in life. ' His eyes lay deep in his head, and because of their depth seemed to glitter with intensity.' He is also slim with a lean face, en-lined with wrinkles. His lips are also described vividly as very thin and pain-tightened. He covers up his intense eyes with large gold rimmed spectacles. Curley's wife is, of course a complete contrast, and is extremely pretty, thought sometimes try too hard. 'She had full, rouged lips and wide-spade eyes, heavily made up.' She has done her nails carefully which doesn't seem very suitable for life on a ranch. Her voice is another thing that is commented on, as have a nasal, brittle quality. Crook's personality is somewhat of a mystery. His real personality is hidden by the racism of the time. He is hurt and shocked by people's opinions towards him and so he feels the only way to get through life is to push back the same disgust to the other mean on the ranch. 'This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here by me...I ain't wanted in the bunk-house, and you ain't wanted in my room. ...read more.


Now she find herself very line and she has no-one to talk to, " I don' like Curley.' Desperate for companionship she does not find at home, she tries to find solace with the other men. They are uneasy about this, as they think her to be seriously promiscuous, and are fearful of Curley's reaction. Her inappropriate dress on the ranch and her manner brand her as a "tart". She can not escape from this image and so she uses it so that she is noticed and can talk to people. Although in my opinion instead of being the mature and flirtatious female that the men see, she is in fact like a little girl yearning for her home. She even talks to people who she considers to be 'out of her league,' but in a way this makes her a more tragic character, because unlike the others, even Lennie, she seems not to understand her limitations - or she refuses to admit them. She treats those below her in an unnecessarily disdainful way. There is one point in the book when Curley's wife goes into Crook's room. Crook, as I have said, pretends that he wishes no one to come into his room seeing as he isn't allowed in the bunk house. However, when Lennie and then Candy come in we can tell that he was actually very pleased, "It was difficult for Crooks to conceal his pleasure with anger." ...read more.


She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young. Curley's wife has had a very unfortunate life. She made some wrong decisions and has been punished for them, by dying unhappy at such as young age. To all the other people on the ranch she is only important because she is the wife of Curley, and that explains why she is given no other name. They are scared of getting involved with her because of what Curley might do to them. No-one is ever actually interesting in her. I feel sorry for her that someone who has the potential to be so sweet and calm has lives such as sad life and has died before anyone knows her true colours. Crook, like Curley's wife has had a sad life for the later part of his life at least. Nothing will ever get better for him, because of his colour. The war Steinbeck talks about him is very controversial nowadays and would not be accepted. At the time that this book was written this language would have been more in use and so perhaps it would have been more acceptable, meaning that Steinbeck was not ware of its full impact. The fact that he portrays crooks as a unhappy and meaningful character must indicate that the author believes racism to be unfair, or else he would have been portrayed as evil, someone deserving what he got. Many upon reading this book may believe that the key issue is George and Lennie, but in fact this novel raises many questions about discrimination and loneliness. ...read more.

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