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Of Mice and Men: Crooks
Transcript of Of Mice and Men: Crooks
When he was younger, Crooks was kicked in the back by a horse resulting in a crooked spine.
The other men do not allow Crooks into their cabins, and the boss often treats him unfairly.
Crooks lives in the harness room off the side of the barn. Speech: "S'pose George don't come back no more. S'pose he took a powder and just ain't coming back. What'll you do then?"
Crooks is pessimistic, and because of his life experiences he expects the worst in people. Pessimistic Slang "I was just supposin', George ain't hurt. He's all right. He'll be back all right."
"Sometimes he gets thinkin', an' he got nothing to tell him what's so an' what ain't so."
As is common of the time period, Crooks uses slang in his everyday speech. Judgemental "You're nuts, you're crazy as a wedge."
"Jus' talks, an' you don't understand nothing."
Crooks is quick to judge people with his speech because he has been judged all his life for his skin color. Appearance Crooked Spine "His body was bent over to the left by his crooked spine..."
Crooks was kicked in the back by a horse when he was younger, and he now has a crooked spine.
He is often described as rubbing different liniments on his spine. Mature "His eyes lay deep in his head, and because of their depth seemed to glitter with intensity."
"His lean face was lined with deep black wrinkles, and he had thin, pain-tightened lips which were lighter than his face." Actions Guarded "You got no right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me."
When Lennie first appears in Crooks's room, Crooks tells him to leave and respect his privacy.
Eventually Crooks warms up to Lennie, and allows him to stay and chat with him. Reading "And he had books, too; a tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the California civil code for 1905."
"S'pose you had to sit out here and read books. Sure you could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then you got to read books."
Crooks reads to help deal with his loneliness and isolation. Horseshoes "Jesus, how that n****r can pitch shoes."
"He don't give nobody else a chance to win-----"
In addition to reading, Crooks plays horseshoes to fill his time.
Horseshoes is one of the few things that the other menwill let him participate in with them. Thoughts Realistic "I seen hundreds of men come by on roads an' on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an' that same d**n thing in their heads."
"It's just in their head. They're all the time talkin' about it, but it's jus' in their head." Envious "I ain't wanted in the bunk house, and you ain't wanted in my room."
"They play cards in there, but I can't play because I'm black. Opinions of Others "They say I stink. Well, I tell you, you all stink to me."
"Yeah. Nice fella too." "The boss gives him hell when he's mad. But the stable buck don't give a d**n about that. He reads alot."
That b***h didn't ought to of said that to you."