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How does Steinbeck convey the emotions of Crooks in Part 4 of "Of Mice and Men".

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How does Steinbeck convey the emotions of Crooks in Part 4 in Of Mice and Men? During Part 4 of Steinbeck?s novel he seems to revolve most of the emotion in this chapter around one minor character, ?the negro stable buck? Crooks who finds himself a lonely man in desperate need of company but to shameful of his ethnicity to find someone to talk to. This is important to analyse as it reflects to the reader what emotions Steinbeck thought of black people during his time and how they must feel to be discriminated. To start with at the beginning of the chapter, the first paragraph can instantly convey the loneliness Crooks feels. The fact that he lives by himself and not with the ranch men because of his supposed lack of right tells us that the ranch men feel it?s wrong to come in contact with Crooks just because of his skin colour. This makes Crooks instantly seem like a sad and lonely character because he is unable to share his life and communicate properly with other people. Also the fact that he owns multiple-reading books and the ranch men do not show that he may be the most intellectual person on the ranch but it still discriminated for it making his intellect a wasted skill. ...read more.


An? never a God damn on on ?em ever gets it. Just like heaven?Nobody gets to heaven??. This sudden out lash of Crook?s negative opinions tells the reader that he has turned cold and sour over the years of being alone and having no one to talk to. He talks negatively on a religious scale as well saying that no one ever gets to heaven, this channels the message that Crooks feels nothing for religion and it?s only a lost dream just like the American Dream Lennie and George are thinking of. When Candy appears on Page 74 Steinbeck changes Crooks current emotion to pleasure because the dramatic increase in positive communication towards other people (especially of the opposite skin-colour) in Crook?s minimal lifestyle. He writes, ??It was difficult for Crooks to conceal his pleasure with anger?? and yet more loneliness is shown here by Crooks because he is cordoned off by his own ?rights? to have no other person compromise his living quarters but he is more reassured now so surely that raises Crooks emotion to happiness because of his (so called) ?instant popularity?. But as we know this ?popularity? eventually fades away but Crooks is too overjoyed to be aware of it. ...read more.


The reader feels direct empathy for Crooks and the large-variety of emotions he has been through during a couple of minutes but now he feels cold and literally as Steinbeck described, ???nothing??? In the end, Crooks is stripped of his pride and decides to back out of the plan with Candy and Lennie because Curley?s Wife reminded him of his place and how his dream will never come true. He will always be lonely. He will die lonely and the reader cant help but feel sad for Crooks knowing that he will be discriminated for the rest of his life and not be reminded of the life he used to know as a child. Crooks uses his remaining rights he has to hint to Candy and Lennie that they should just leave and let hime be; this is shown on Page 81 which Crooks says ??A coloured man got to have rights even if he don?t like ?em??. The scene finally ends with Crooks by himself in his room to seem as if that whole scene had never happened because his emotions have returned to what they were before Lennie had even disrupted him. His final actions of rubbing his back gives the message to the reader that that is all Crooks will ever do for the rest of his life. Be lonely. ...read more.

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