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Of Mice and Men Essay on Crooks

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How does the portrayal of Crooks in chapter four of the novel, reveal the nature of the society during the depression? The character of Crooks is established clearly in Chapter four of the novel as we don't know a lot about him and the whole chapter is based on him and his room. It introduces him into the chapter and 'the negro stable buck' which gives the impression that firstly it was a racist way of life and secondly the way of life wasn't very good. Steinbeck then goes to describe crooks room and his background 'Crooks bunk was long and full of straw, on which his blankets were flung' Steinbeck then goes to list Crooks possessions that he has accumulated ; 'Crooks possessed several pairs of shoes, a pair of rubber boots, a big alarm and a single barrelled shotgun.' Then Steinbeck goes into describing his personality and features. 'For Crooks was a proud aloof man'.' His body was bent over to the left by his crooked spine, and his eyes lay deep in his head, and because of their depth seemed to glitter with intensity. This means that Crooks has a bit of a hard life living crippled and his features may scare away other people as he is so different and of course, he is black and in those times it was basically a burden to be black. ...read more.


After Crooks repeating it and still Lennie saying 'George wont do that' Crooks then adds in that George might be Hurt or dead. Lennie then looses his temper and says 'George is Careful. He won't get hurt. He ain't never been hurt, 'cause he's careful' Lennie then stands up and comes towards Crooks demanding who hurt George. Crooks 'saw the danger as it approached him' so he tells Lennie that George IS coming back and he was only kidding with him. Crooks then goes into telling Lennie how he's going insane being alone in his room, as he is bored of books and how he isn't allowed to play cards as he 'smells' but Crooks says that all of the workers smell anyway. Lennie (funnily enough isn't listening) and says miserably 'George wun't go away and leave me. I know George wun't do that' and then goes on about the rabbits again. Saying how he's going to live of the 'fatta the lan' We then hear noises outside of horses whining. 'I guess somebody is out there' says Crooks. Then we hear Candy's voice and he enters the barn and he asks if anyone's seen slim. As no one really comes into Crook's room slim is slightly embarrassed to be in there and compliments Crooks for having a nice little room. Crooks then reply's 'sure, and a manure pile under the window. ...read more.


She laughs and says 'O.K.. Machine. I'll talk to you later. I like machines. Crooks then takes over the situation and says to Curley's wife 'You got no rights comin' in a coloured man's room. You got no rights messing around in here at all. Now you jus' get out, ad' get out quick. If you don't, I'm gonna ask the boss not ever to let you come in the barn no more. At this Curley's wife replied' Listen, Nigger' you know what I an do to you if you open your trap?' she repeated again 'you know what I could do' he replies sullenly 'yes ma'am'. 'well keep your place then ,Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny. Crooks has reduced himself to nothing. There was no personality, no ego - nothing to arouse either like or dislike. he replies 'yes Ma'am' his voice was toneless. At the end of the chapter nothing has changed. His hopes are dashed and he resumes his routine as normal, rubbing liniment onto his back In conclusion I think Steinbeck choose to add in about Crooks life because racism was a major part of the way of life those days. And I don't know if Steinbeck was black or not. But if he was he could be trying to put the point across about blacks and how hard life was back then. ?? ?? ?? ?? Michael Bell 10C English Ms Dawson ...read more.

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