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Of mice and men

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CW 3. Ashley ziyanai sithole Year 10R Mr. R Shaw 15/02/09 ENGLISH COURSEWORK: WHY DOES AUTHOR JOHN STEINBECK INCLUDE CROOKS IN HIS NOVEL `OF MICE AND MEN'? In America the Wall Street Stock market crashed in October 1929, the world economy was plunged into the Great Depression. By the winter of 1932, America was in the depths of the greatest depression in its history. It led to many people becoming jobless and many offices and banks shutting down and business and trade was at its most minuscule point. And in John Steinbeck's novel `Of Mice and Men' he describes the life that individuals had and the complications of lifestyle and dreams that were hard to accomplish. And in this essay I am going to be answering the question, "Why does John Steinbeck include crooks in his novel `Of Mice and Men', with detailed and supported statements that will help me generate a final opinion on why john Steinbeck included crooks in his novel. ...read more.

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Some evidence to support my statement is the following "Crooks possessed several pairs of shoes, a pair of rubber boots, a big alarm clock, and a single-barrelled shotgun." evidence captured from chapter 4 from the novel `Of Mice and Men'. Steinbeck showed Crooks as a well Structured and organised man, and by doing this he is trying to show that although nobody has respect Crooks, he respects himself and Steinbeck is also showing that unlike the other characters from the Ranch, Crooks takes care of his belongings and himself well. A further reason why John Steinbeck uses Crooks in his novel `Of Mice and Men' is because of insensibility. Some evidence to support my statement is the following "`If I say something, why it's just a nigger saying it'" evidence captured from chapter 4 from the novel `Of Mice and Men'. Steinbeck purposely gave Crooks that role to show that on the ranch and in America no one cared much for black people and their opinions, and he is also showing that Crooks was disrespected, and that he was just useless to everyone on the ranch, that he didn't matter and was not cared of by anyone. ...read more.

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And Crooks being intelligent means that he is different from every other person on the Ranch In John Steinbeck's novel `Of Mice and Men' he raises three different themes that include: loneliness, Dreams and racism however he uses Crooks for different reasons that incorporate Crooks having Dreams he wants to pursue, segregation going within the ranch and Crooks being the disciplined character of the ranch. But personally I think that John Steinbeck uses Crooks in his novel `Of Mice and Men' to illustrate the racism going on in the ranch and in America because in his novel `Of Mice and Men', he includes a paragraph for Crooks to demonstrate to the readers how his life went on in the ranch and how he was treated on the Ranch. And in the Chapter Crooks is shown as a disrespected individual who has no rights and who has managed to cope with the life in America. And it shows that Steinbeck wanted to highlight the problem of racial discrimination by using Crooks as a afro-American working and living amongst this society during the time. ...read more.

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