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Crooks is a Negro stable buck

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In chapter four of the story "Of Mice and Men" we are immediately introduced to Crooks. Through the great detailed description given by Steinbeck the reader can learn many things about Crooks' character. Crooks' name itself suggests that there is something physically wrong with him. His physical disability is one of the many ways that he suffers on the ranch. He is not shown much in the first three chapters and this indicates his position in society as very low because he is not noticed, and therefore is not important. However, unlike the other characters in the story, he is the only African American worker on the ranch. Initially, Crooks was forced to live separately from the other workers in "a little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn" implying to the fact that he was treated like an animal, as a barn is a place where animals live. This clearly shows that he was treated with inequality by the other men. ...read more.


Crooks is aware of his low status and knows weather or not the medicines are placed together, this will not make any difference as he will always be a victim of racial discrimination. He decided that he was no different to the horses so he placed both his and the horses medicines together. Also, we as the reader learn that Crooks is a very lonely man as it is frequently repeated of him "being alone". However, it could be said that this isolation was generated by the racism in his society. As we read further into chapter four we realise that Crooks is a skilled tradesman as he had "a little bench for leather-working tools" showing his skills are sought after and makes him more permanent where he decides to work. This also indicates to us that he has no personal space due to the racial inequality during this time as he was required to use his room as a working area. ...read more.


Despite being a poor worker Crooks still manages to keep his room clean and tidy. In addition, his "black wrinkles" and "pain-tightened lips" portray a sense of long and deep suffering that Crooks has experienced. The racist environment in which he lives in may have been the cause for such pain. This also reveals to us that not only does Crooks suffer pain on the outside but also he feels dejected and isolated inside causing him to suffer emotionally. Overall, in the novel "Of Mice and Men" Crooks is a stable back segregated from the rest of the men on the ranch because of the fact that he is black and perhaps because he is a cripple. It becomes clearly obvious to the reader of life in America during the 1930's and the racial discrimination at this time. Also due to the detailed description given by the author we are able to put ourselves in this character's position and see how hard life was for him on the ranch and have empathy towards him. By: Dayana Calambas 10T ...read more.

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