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What Are Your Impressions of Crooks from the Beginning paragraphs of Chapter Four?

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What Are Your Impressions of Crooks from the Beginning paragraphs of Chapter Four? "Crooks, the Negro stable buck, had his bunk in the harness room; a little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn... being a stable buck and a cripple, he was more permanent than the other men, and he had accumulated more possessions than he could carry on his back." These are facts about Crooks, which are explicitly shown in the text. Yet, the facts also indicates to more detailed implications-which are hinted at, or referred to indirectly. The reason why he has his own room, is because he is a Negro, and therefore, must be segregated from the working men, and this shows his loneliness and isolation. According to the American constitution, White people should be superior, yet Crooks has a whole room to himself-this is ironic and highlights the point that the author is trying to make-which is to deliberately insult the stupidity of the constitution. ...read more.


The beginning five paragraphs of chapter four all devotes to detailed descriptions, yet there was no communication and hardly any movement in the room which emphasizes the silence. Crook's 'little shed' is a contrast to the bunkroom, because the bunkroom is always full of workers, whereas Crooks is always alone his shed. He wants company, but he's been isolated for so long that he's forgotten how to make friends. Which is why when Lennie came into his room, he was very cautious and put on an unwelcoming expression. He puts on a fake image of defensiveness, so it will prevent the white men from pitying him because he is a proud man. Even though Crooks knew that Lennie couldn't understand him, he was still on guard. Throughout the chapter, Crooks begins to open up to Lennie, and tells him things that he had never told anyone else. From his speech, we learnt that when Crooks was young, his father forbid him to be in contact with white men, because he didn't want to lead Crooks into having a positive image of white men to in order to prevent him from getting hurt in the future. ...read more.


Although he is a proud man, he doesn't go around showing off his skills or trying to compete with other people's intelligence, because he knows that he is superior and wiser than white people. His behavior with Lennie shows that he only wants to be a part of the community, yet he is unable to associate because he is black. I think he is probably jealous of George and Lennie, who's been on the ranch for only a few days and they already earned friendship with Slim, Candy, Carlson. Etc. Loneliness is the main theme in the story, and most of it directs on Crooks. Although Curley's wife indicates that she is lonely, the irony is that she is always chatting and flirting with the workers. Meanwhile she is not separated or forbidden to talk to or being bullied like Crooks. Crooks represents black's people's frustrations at being segregated and isolated from the rest of America, that although they are putting a lot of effort into their hard work, they are not earning what they've always wanted- Freedom. AMY YU 3 1 ...read more.

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