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How significant a character is Crooks in the novel " Of Mice And Men"

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How significant a character is Crooks in the novel " Of Mice And Men" Crooks, the stable buck, is a weak man mentally and physically, he is crippled due to an accident whilst working on a ranch. He is often bullied due to his colour and ignorance and is confined to his own small hut next to a barn. Although he seems to be worthless and of no value, he is actually a cornerstone in the novel; he steers George and Lennie into a new future, a new unexpected future, even though he does not do this purposely. He only appears in the novel for one chapter, before then, George and Lennie did not even know of him. But after being introduced, what happened in that hut in chapter four would change George and Lennie's lives, forever. When George and Lennie arrived at the ranch they where introduced to many of the characters, these characters have a vital role in the novel as they all somehow come in contact with George and Lennie in some way or the other. Some of the characters guide the two into the future and some of them want to withhold them of their dream. ...read more.

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Readers now discover a new side to Crooks, one that has not been seen before; he starts to torture Lennie. He starts to implant thoughts in Lennie's mind. He says that George will waste their money and will never return to him and leave him on his own. This confuses Lennie and leaves a permanent mark there which will be reviled later when Lennie is by the pool doubting the arrival if George. Eventually Crooks comes to his senses and realises what he is doing, he concludes to himself that if he is bullying Lennie out of having a friend, then what makes himself different to the others. Next to enter is Candy, He tries to make small talk but Crooks is not custom to having people in his home and throws back a comment of sarcasm. Crooks has become so self confined that he has forgotten how to socialise and how to give first impressions, he believes that everyone is all the same and no one can ever understand him. Crooks has been tied to the ranch for so many years that he thinks there is no other way to survive without it. ...read more.

Conclusion

This cycle is a way of making the reader see the true nature of Crooks's life and how trapped he really is; Like a ring; there is no end, and the beginning was made so long ago that it is now forgotten. Crooks has altered George and Lennie's lives so much and yet his path to the future has not changed direction at all. How can this be when he has done so much for them? He is bound to a miserable life because he has been bullied into staying by many people, he has also learnt not to take risks as the possibility of facing rejection is too painful for him to take. The book goes beyond the world of George and Lennie; it also contains a subliminal message for the world about racism. Crooks is an extremely important character in the novel "Of Mice And Men" as he represents how racism, prejudice and segregation can effect everybody. Crooks has not only set out a new path for George and Lennie but has also guided our world into a better way of life, a life with less racism and prejudice, and that is why Crooks is a very important Character in the novel "Of Mice And Men." Callum O'Connor 10A ...read more.

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