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The Presentation Of Crooks In Of Mice And Men. How do the details in this passage add to your understanding of Crooks?

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Introduction

How do the details in this passage add to your understanding of Crooks? The passage starts with the very first description of a "little" room with a square four paned window. We then go onto learn about a man by the name of "Crooks" that has many possessions in his room which range from "leather-working tools" to a "single barrelled shotgun". We later then learn he's a stable buck and a "cripple" who likes to keep his things very organised by the way the things in his room are described. Along Crooks possessions, he seems to own a "tattered" dictionary and a "mauled" copy of the California civil code for 1905. We could presume that Crooks seems to be quite educated, however it is well known in 1905, education for African- American's were indeed of the rarity and if there were the rare cases in which they were educated, it was usually in an unfair way and they were usually segregated. ...read more.

Middle

We also learn that Crooks seems to be fairly clean and organised, and shows pride in his sense of composition and structure, we learn this through a quote in the passage which states. "This room was swept and fairly neat, for Crooks was a proud aloof man. He kept his distance and demanded that other people kept theirs" Note how the passage states how he kept his distance, can be polyseamous to the reader as to why Crooks would want to isolate himself, whether it was because he doesn't like getting too close to people, or the fact that he's bullied in some ways. The word "demanded" is used, this shows that Crooks has a sense of authority, which seems to be quite ironic as we learn throughout the rest of the book, he has little power because of his racial background. ...read more.

Conclusion

longer get rid of them now that he has become old, just like the fact that now that he's working in the stable, he can no longer escape, he is bound to the four walls of his "little room". His lips are described as "pain-tightened". Could this mean they're in pain because of the secrets he has to keep and things he hears - them being "tightened"? Like the quote, "people are to be seen not heard." To conclude, just from this little passage, we can learn a lot about Crooks character. We learn that he seems to be a very neat stable buck who takes pride in his sense of organisation. However Crooks doesn't seem to be pleased as he seems to distance himself away from people and isolate himself, also he is described in many terms of old age such as his crooked back and his deep black wrinkles, thus showing him as a weaker figure. ...read more.

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