Of Mice & Men : Crooks analysis

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Of Mice & Men: Crooks

Crooks is introduced to us in a very unique way. Steinbeck describes all his belongings, creating a strong vivid picture in the readers head. Crooks the ‘negro stable buck’ lives alone in a small cramped room. He is someone who is treated very unfairly and unjustly, due to just his colour. When he was young he was kicked by a horse, therefore leaving him with a body which is crooked to the left. He has many things from shoes, a clock, and a shotgun; he also has a dictionary, magazines, a few dirty books, and a pair of ‘gold’ spectacles. Crooks keeps his room ‘swept and clearly neat’. For Crooks his room is his supply of pride.

Crooks room alone tells us everything about him. It tells us how he is different from many other ranch workers. His room is flocculated with boxes with various amounts of tools from his countless amounts of previous jobs. Steinbeck tries to portray to us that Crooks has been a ranch worker for a very long time and over the time he has gathered a load of possessions. Crooks is not treated as a normal human being, he is seen as almost an animal, and therefore he always tries to takes pride in himself. The ‘fairly neat’ room shows this.

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Crooks is told that he is not allowed in the bunk house, due to him being black and as any human being would do, he takes offence, as Crooks is not allowed in the bunk house, he tries to maintain his pride and respect by not allowing anyone into his room. This can be seen when he talks to Lennie. ‘You got no right to come in my room. This here is my room. Nobody got any right in here but me.’ Crooks robotically becomes angry at the sight of seeing Lennie stood in his doorway. ‘I aint wanted in the ...

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Some good points begin to be explored in this essay; however as a whole response it feels under developed, lacking breadth and depth. Similarities between Lennie and Crooks could have been explored in more detail and even between Curley's wife and Crooks. 3 Stars