• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe essays

  1. How Does Steinbeck Present Loneliness and Isolation in Of Mice and Men(TM)?

    This is a replay of what happened in Weed as Lennie felt something smooth that he liked and couldn't let go.

  2. Changes in Macbeths character

    An example of euphemism can be found in this quote; Macbeth refers to the act of murder as "it" on numerous occasions, giving the impression that he is trying to avoid what he is actually contemplating on doing, not once does he actually use the word murder.

  1. Loneliness Theme of the Novel, Of Mice and Men

    Without his dog, Candy is worthless, he is crippled and old, which increases the reason for him being lonely. One of the strongest statements in Of Mice and Men is that such people are worthy of our attention. However, Candy is trying to divert his loneliness, or he is trying

  2. How does the novel Of Mice and Men reflect the culture of 1930s America?

    Unemployment rose from 3% to over 26% by 1934. The people would get field jobs and would have to work in harsh conditions. On top of that they would get paid very little money. They had no choice because if they didn't work on a ranch then they were less likely to work in other businesses.

  1. Dreams and visions that motivate the characters of "Of Mice and Men"

    This shows that even the weakest of people can be stimulated by the image of their "perfect life". Even George, though he seems quite tough, weakens when he visualises their future, his voice becomes "deeper" when he tells the dream and he "repeats his words rhythmically as though he had said them many times before".

  2. The Godfather ~ Novel By Mario Puzo.

    He offered to provide his drug services to the Don. But the Done refused, explaining that drugs will only destroy the family in time. Yet, as Sollozzo left the Don was still intruiged by him. He told Luca Brasi, a man renown for his agrovation, to go to the Tataglias

  1. Above and Beyond - The return

    "There's nothing much to tell, except that it's a private school and he was our football team captain for two years," Enrique told her. "I didn't know he played football." "I didn't think it was that important," Griffin said. He wasn't sure he wanted Kaley to know about him yet.

  2. Pride and Prejudice

    For example Darcy is attempting to talk to lower classes whereas before, at the ball, he was too proud to associate himself with any other classes including his own, I believe this is because he has shown his true feeling's and thinks the only way Elizabeth would fall in love

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work