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Why is the treatment that Crooks receives from other characters important in the novel? [40 marks]

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Why is the treatment that Crooks receives from other characters important in the novel? ________________ 1. 2. Steinbeck uses Crooks to show the loneliness of itinerant workers and the power of ?the dream?. The harsh way in which he is treated by other characters indicates a strong sense of racism in America in the 1930s. 3. 4. Racism is an important theme in the novel due to an excess of prejudice towards black men and women in America during the 1930s. Crooks is ostracised at the ranch and is a victim of extreme violence because of the colour of his skin, ?Smitty says he would have killed the nigger? He [Candy] paused in relish of the memory.? Candy, who is seemingly a harmless old man ?relishes? the thought of the stable buck being harmed and smiles in delight over the memory. This depicts an America where racism is socially acceptable and is an everyday occurrence with casual degrading racism by referring to Crooks as a ?nigger? whose opinion is deemed worthless, ?If I say something, why its just a nigger sayin? it?- the oppression has ...read more.

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6. 7. The treatment Crooks receives on a daily basis is one surrounded by racial prejudice and acts of violence towards him. Nonetheless, when Candy enters his room infatuated by the dream, his demeanor is significantly more friendly. This shows that ?the dream? is very powerful and is able to break the racial barriers between the men. The stable buck?s response however, is somewhat cynical- ?you guys just kiddin? yourself?, expressing his lack of belief due to futile attempts at realising his own dream and seeing ?too many guys? suffer the same fate. 8. Although Crooks is mocking of their dream, when Candy notes they ?got the money right now? he expresses his desire to ?come an? lend a hand?, even though he has reason to doubt their talk of a farm of their own. This conveys his yearning to belong and the fact that he is beginning to become accepted by other workers sees the start of his dream unfolding. 9. 10. 11. Crooks is used by Steinbeck to represent the extremity of loneliness of itinerant ranch life in America. ...read more.

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However this may also be interpreted as being a generalisation as he speaks of ?a guy?, Steinbeck includes this to show how it can relate to everyone during this time. 13. 14. 15. Crooks is treated as inferior and this has led him to become an aloof character who isolates himself from others and is used by Steinbeck to represent the loneliness experienced by all itinerant ranch hands in America during the depression. The sense of the stable buck being inferior is shown when he is physically and verbally abused by being called ?a nigger? indicating the prominence of racism in America, this is important as it allows Steinbeck to explore the paradox of America with the land of freedom and hope being stained with racism. Furthermore, the fact that Crooks is forced to live apart from the white workers accentuates the idea of racial segregation during the 1930s as he, and by extension all blacks are seen as a disgrace. Additionally, the change in attitude towards Crooks by Candy from ?relishing? his pain to inviting him into the dream is used to show the power of the dream. Riken Shah 11S ...read more.

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