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How does Steinbeck present the character of Crooks in the novel 'Of Mice and Men'?

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  • Essay length: 2739 words
  • Submitted: 07/11/2012
  • Marked by teacher: (?) Laura Gater
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GCSE John Steinbeck

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A very strong essay on the presentation of Crooks and his role in the essay. Points are coherently made and are fully supported with relevant evidence from the text.

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Marked by teacher Laura Gater 20/05/2013

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How does Steinbeck present the character of Crooks in the novel 'Of Mice and Men'?

Within the time period of the 1930's, many non-white people kept themselves isolated from others and stayed out of trouble, to avoid the risk of being lynched. Segregation, isolation and racism was a normal lifestyle led by those who were black; one of the characters that embodies this theme in the novel is the character of Crooks. Other themes of the novel are the American Dream; which is never achieved by any of the characters, this suggests that Steinbeck believed that the dream was unbelievable. This is the same belief which Crooks has. Friendship is another important theme, as the reader sees the desperation Crooks has for friendship and the affect of loneliness has had on him. Steinbeck set the novel in Soledad, California, 1930's during the Great Depression. This is an ironic setting because the term 'Soledad' means isolation and loneliness in Spanish, reflecting the life led by Crooks. Also the reader follows the protagonists Lennie and George as they struggle financially. In addition unemployment rates were high and pension rates decreased; making life hard especially for the middle class. Many men

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A very strong essay on the presentation of Crooks and his role in the essay. Points are coherently made and are fully supported with relevant evidence from the text.

5 Stars

Marked by teacher Laura Gater 20/05/2013

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