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I am going to look at how Steinbeck encourages us to sympathise with the two outcasts- Crooks and Curly's wife

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Introduction

Crooks and Curly's wife T hroughout the journey of Mice and Men we have built up relationships with the characters and we have travelled through their hopes and dreams. In this essay I am going to look at how Steinbeck encourages us to sympathise with the two outcasts- Crooks and Curly's wife. Today, in our society there are many different cultures and various walks of life. I feel that if you are an outcast you invite sympathy and therefore people will automatically feel sorry for you. In this novel Crooks is separated from the rest of the men, as he is black. It is not acceptable for racism to be carried out. No matter what colour your skin is, you still have the right to have the opportunity to life your life in peace rather than in fear of being attacked because of your ethnic group. On the other hand Curly's wife is an outcast because she is a woman. I strongly believe that women and men are equally important and they both have qualities that can bind together to make a wonderful marriage. ...read more.

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Curly's wife always claimed that she was looking for Curly when she entered the bunkhouse but really that was only an excuse, as she wanted a reason to socialise. Nevertheless Crooks desire was to have a meaningful relationship with someone but he took a different approach. He found it hard to express his feelings therefore he tried to cover them up "It was difficult for Crooks to conceal his pleasure with anger." Crooks starts to develop a belief that loneliness is a way of life. He seems to avoid all the other men on the ranch, he is afraid of being alone, and yet he is antisocial. In my opinion Crooks is the loneliest person in the novel. Crooks spent his spare time alone, reading books. This did not make Crooks happy because his books did not fulfil his needs socially. He needed another person to talk to, or just be with. It didn't even matter whom, just a person. Lennie just happened to have been there for Crooks at that moment. Everyday people do not give enough consideration to those who live their lives without someone. ...read more.

Conclusion

Curly's wife states the following, "Well I ain't told this to nobody before. Maybe I ought'n to. I don't like Curly. He ain't a nice fella. Coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes-all them nice clothes they wear". She feels the need to tell others how great she could have been and the hopes and dreams she may someday have. She shows her feelings of hope in life. This explains why Curly's wife dressed in the way she did. Simply, it was because her dream was to be an actress therefore she dressed over the top all the time as this was as close to her dream she was going to get. Many young people today have dreams of being in the movies or to be a famous singer, they may never achieve their dream but at least they have friendship and a sense of belonging in their lives, which Curly's wife did not have. In conclusion, I feel we do sympathise with these two outcasts. Steinbeck builds our relationship with them by showing us both sides of their personality. In my eyes no-one is perfect and I have no doubt in saying that Crooks and Curly's wives good areas way out the bad points I have made! The End By Emma McIlveen ...read more.

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