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What do we learn about the life on the ranch from the portrayal of Crooks In the novel 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck.

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Coursework - What do we learn about the life on the ranch from the portrayal of Crooks? In the novel 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck we learn about the daily life of the black stable-buck - Crooks and how he is portrayed by the life on the ranch. American people in the 1930s were in the midst of a Great depression. 'The Great Depression' affected everybody. Many people became unemployed and work that was available was hard to find. During the Great Depression, the Wall Street Crash, which was the collapse of the stock market. The shareholders lost lots of money and found it necessary to reduce the number of employed to save money. Between 1928 and 1933, industrial and farm production fell by 40% and wages by 60%. In 1933 14 million were unemployed and farm prices had fallen, so the cost of transporting animals cost more than the animals were worth and the income slipped to $5 billion. Therefore, for the white worker life was exceptionally hard. Also in the 1930s, black people suffered from racial prejudice. ...read more.

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'...scattered about the floor were a number of personal possessions...' '...being a stable buck and a cripple, he was more permanent...' As Crooks was cripple he felt intimidated so he had a shot gun in his room. Although it could be used for shooting vermin and for his job, but it might also be used for the intimidation of other people. '...and a single-barreled shotgun.' In the novel it tells us that Crooks has lots of books, this includes the Californian civil rights book. These books seem to comfort him as he has no friends. The civil rights book shows us that he knows his rights and knows how he should be treated '...a mauled copy of the Californian civil rights code for 1905.' In addition to Crook's loneliness and isolation the dialogue between Crooks and Lennie is tight and Crooks seems to be angry at Lennie for coming into his room to be friendly. '...you got no right to come in my room...' ...read more.

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The male dominated society means that when she is bored she flirts with all the men and they think that she is always giving them the eye. 'I seen her give slim the eye.' Today, there is still an issue on racism. In the fifties and the sixties a lot of icons have come forward to fight the rights of inequality. Some of the main ones are Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X. Martin Luther King fought in the non violence matter and Malcolm X fought in the violence matter. Although they both fought for freedom. Here is a piece from his speech: 'I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of it's creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.' To the present day people have died through racism, but it is not so much an issue. People have been brought up to treat everyone as equals, although there are a small minority that don't. This shows that the 1930's were prone to racism and loneliness among blacks and that nowadays there is little. Sarah Hickey 10:06 6/10/02 ...read more.

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