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Explain what Crooks' character is like.

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Explain what Crooks' character is like. Crook's character in Of Mice and Men is used to represent the racial hatred evident for that time period. It can be argued whether Crooks really deserves the reader's sympathy, or whether he is just another bitter and cruel character. His loneliness is the true reason behind the locked emotions Crooks feels, and his need for human companionship is great, although he has lost touch with how to interact with people. Crooks is very cynical in the way he talks. Being a black man in a predominantly white ruled world, he is only one more 'nigger,' as referred to by the other ranchers, and is crippling society both in the physical and social sense. Crooks is resentful to the place he holds in society, and does not appreciate being pushed to the side. He tells Lennie "If I say something, why it's just a nigger sayin' it." He may be a brusque character, but deep within him lay the insecurities he feels, forcing him to look upon himself as a lesser man. ...read more.


He is in fact vulnerable; his circumstances have made him so. Crooks is too cynical of Lennie's bid to follow the American Dream. He is scornful and dismissive of the idea of independence and land to call their own. "I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches with their bindles on their backs an' that same damn thing in their heads. Hundreds of them. They come, an' they quit an' go on...An' never a god-damn one of 'em gets it." These few lines are important to show what seems to be missing from Crooks' life, perhaps the root cause of his personality, and that is hope. Crooks no longer appears to have the will to believe in a better life and in taking opportunities. It seems he has become accustomed to his way of life, and although is not content with it, has learnt to accept it. Steinbeck does however manage to show us that everyone dreams at least once in their life, as is shown when Crooks reminisces about his childhood. ...read more.


This subtle but evident proposal of amity shows Crook's heart is still in the right place, and he can be nice when speaking to other people. When Candy steps into Crooks' bunkhouse, he finds it hard to turn him away. "Come on in. If ever'body's comin' in, you might just as well. It was difficult for Crooks to conceal his pleasure with anger." The need to be accepted is greater in Crooks then the need to hold a grudge, and to cut his nose to spite his face. Crooks can be seen as contemptuous, evil, and a pessimistic soul. This can be blamed upon his own actions, but on the other hand it is easy to feel sorry for Crooks and his situation. As hard as he may try to hide it, the qualities of humanity are present under the shield he uses to protect himself from the constant exclusion he feels. He is one of the many character's who have been through injustice and fear, but still have hope, no matter how diminutive or how concealed it may be. Iram Zahid ...read more.

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