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The novel 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinis the story of two men, George and Lennie, who are two migrant agricultural workers on a California ranch who share a dream of owning their own farm someday.

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OF MICE AND MEN The novel 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinis the story of two men, George and Lennie, who are two migrant agricultural workers on a California ranch who share a dream of owning their own farm someday. They take jobs at a ranch where their hopes are at first raised but then destroyed by a tragic accident. Steinbeck depicts George and Lennie as two innocents whose dream conflicts with the realities of a world dominated by materialism and greed. Their extraordinary friendship distinguishes them from other hopeless and lonely migrant farm workers. The novel portrays a class of ranch workers in California whose life had been previously ignored in the early decades of the twentieth century. In fact, George and Lennie are like mice in the maze of modern life. ...read more.

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We also feel that he fears the other people on the ranch, that's why he has a shotgun and a copy of the Californian Civil Code with him. Crooks protects his feelings by keeping to himself. He is from California and he knows his rights: no one can "abuse" him just because his skin colour is different. In fact when Lennie goes to "visit" him, Crooks demonstrates his prejudice against white people by attacking Lennie verbally. He tells Lennie that he knows his rights. Once again we see how much Crooks fears white people. After a while he understands that Lennie is childlike and innocent, and he starts to be nicer to him. When Candy comes in, Lennie and Candy tell him about their 'plan' of the farm Crooks agrees, he even offers himself to work for free. ...read more.

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Because of his skin colour and also because of his back. In fact these two reasons make him different from the rest of the people in the ranch, in fact most of the people were white and able to work, without any physical problems. He uses Crooks to express the feelings of loneliness, exclusion, racism and discrimination. His aggression towards the "white world was something which had grown with time" he has to protect himself, all alone against other men who at least share the same background. He knows all about being treated differently since he was a child. "...My old man had a chicken ranch, 'bout ten acres. The white kids came to play at our place, some of them was nice and sometimes I went to play with them. My ol' man didn't like that. I never knew till long later why he didn't like that. But I know now!" Istv�n Szentkereszty de Zagon ...read more.

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