In the rest of the novel how does Steinbeck use Crooks to present attitudes to black people at the time the novel is set?
In 1930s America racial discrimination was commonplace and black people were exploited, marginalised and often victimised.
Crooks is discriminated against in many ways: he is physically isolated, socially isolated, ostracised and victimised.
Black people in the 1930’s where treated very badly, Steinbeck presents the attitudes to black people through the character of Crooks. He is treated with no respect, everyone looks down on him in the ranch, the boss treats him like dirt, and he has his own room separated from everyone else on the ranch. Crooks is openly referred to as “nigger”, which exemplifies the casual racism directed towards him, and how people in the 1930’s had no regard for human feelings, especially if those people were black.