Of Mice and Men: A Character Analysis of Crooks.

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6 January 2004

Daniel Rollé


Of Mice and Men:

A Character Analysis of Crooks

It is noticeable throughout 'Of Mice and Men' that Crooks is portrayed by Steinbeck to be an outcast. It is clear that there is a large divide between Crooks and the other men on the ranch. Crooks is the only black man on the ranch, and it is for this reason alone that he is excluded from normal life on the ranch. Crooks does not sleep with the other men in the bunk houses, but instead has his own place to sleep in the barn. He is not allowed to socialise with the other men and instead lives a life of solitude in his room.

Crooks has a bad back, which makes it hard for him to buck barley and work in the field like the other ranchers. Instead, he does odd jobs on the ranch. This could be another reason for his being outcast, since Candy is also seen somewhat as an outcast because of his disabilities.
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Crooks seems to be and intellectual man, and certainly well read, from the description of his room. He has, along with a few other possessions, a few books; these included a tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the California civil code for 1905. Although these do not seem significant, they do show that Crook was both educated and possibly wealthy. He does tell of his fathers ranch, which could mean that he was once well off - however we are not told what became of these riches. The tools that hang on his wall show that he ...

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