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How does Steinbeck use Crooks to present attitudes to black people at the time the novel is set?

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Introduction

In the rest of the novel how does Steinbeck use Crooks to present attitudes to black people at the time the novel is set? In 1930s America racial discrimination was commonplace and black people were exploited, marginalised and often victimised. Crooks is discriminated against in many ways: he is physically isolated, socially isolated, ostracised and victimised. Black people in the 1930?s where treated very badly, Steinbeck presents the attitudes to black people through the character of Crooks. He is treated with no respect, everyone looks down on him in the ranch, the boss treats him like dirt, and he has his own room separated from everyone else on the ranch. ...read more.

Middle

The boss also treats Crooks like a toy, ?the boss gives him hell when he?s mad?, crooks is literally a boxing bag when the boss is mad he?ll take it out on Crooks, as if he has no felling?s. feelings Crook?s experiences on the ranch are typical of those of a Black man?s in the 1930?s, in the 1930?s the American society was racially segregated. This is shown through crooks standards of living, he is separated from the other men he can?t ?go in the bunk house and play rummy? because he is black. Crooks has his own room, with his own belongings. ...read more.

Conclusion

however when crooks realises that they?ve got enough money to actually do it he wants to be a part of it ?If you guys want a hand to work?, however later on when Curley?s wife comes in the room , he knows his status in the ranch and he knows he can?t have a dream, ?jus? forget it?. Steinbeck puts Crooks through that to show how hard it is for black people to dream and when they do it goes in an instance. In conclusion Steinbeck uses Crooks to convey his ideas about race in the 1930?s America by showing the terrible way he is treated because of his colour, and showing the reader that when he dreams, his situation is hopeless. ...read more.

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