How does Steinbeck present the emotions of characters in Of Mice and Men?

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How does Steinbeck present the emotions of characters in the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’?

Steinbeck set the novel ‘Of mice and men’ in Soledad, California during the period of the 1930’s which was the time of the great depression. ‘Soledad’ means isolation and loneliness which could impact on someone’s emotion.  The name plays a part which reflects on the emotions portrayed by the characters in ‘Of mice and men’.

In the era of the 1930’s, many coloured races were seen as being less superior than their white counterparts enabling them to keep themselves isolated from others in order to stay out of trouble, and to avoid the risk of being lynched. In this era African Americans were seen as slaves resulting in segregation and racism being the norm. A character in “Of mice and men” who suffered on a daily basis from segregation and isolation due to racism was Crooks. Crooks is a character that we learn about early on in the novel, he isn’t really given a personality, and is mostly referred to as “stable buck” or “nigger”. As he is not given a name it shows us the importance of this character and how in that day and age he was seen in the community. By Steinbeck not giving him a name it does not give him a personality, and we almost feel less of him, similar to the racism portrayed at the time.

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The name Crooks was given to him due to his disability which is him having a crooked back. This is an example of prejudice because they don’t refer to his name because of a particular disability. An example of racism in the novel is when George refers to Crooks as a “nigger” who is a “stable buck”. Steinbeck uses the technique of referring to Crooks as a “nigger” in order to portray racism and how people of an African American decent were seen. In my opinion Steinbeck shows the average life of a black man during the period of ...

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