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Of Mice And Men - Crooks
Transcript of Of Mice And Men - Crooks
* Crooks knows his place and he knows his rights.
* Crooks empathizes the word "right" in this quote. He describes how he knows that his room is the one place where he has rights, the one place he is superior. This could be a front, Crooks hides behind a mask-this is how he knows to keep his pride.
This also implies that his room is the one thing that is his-he repeats "my room" which suggests this.
* This also explains how Crooks was a proud man, by saying "this here is my room" conveys this. This was also presented earlier on in the book where Crooks was described as "a proud, aloof man"; because Steinbeck presented this in the descripion not speech, implies that this is how Steinbeck wanted the character of Crooks to be portrayed. About Crooks Evidence: "He had books, too; a tattered dictionary" - description of Crooks
* Crooks also shows a greater intelligence than the other workers. This is shown by the mentioning of "books". The fact that Crooks' dictionary is "tattered" implies that it had been used a lot. This also leads the reader into thinking that Crooks' knowledge is self taught.
* This could also convey loneliness, by the fact that Crooks has nothing better to do than read. It shows that Crooks is excluded from the rest of the workers. It could imply that Crooks has too much time on his hands and reading (learning) was his way of escaping his life.
* Crooks is also shown to be more intelligent than the rest of the workers by the lack of 30's slang that he uses. He is said to have "spectacles" too, this also shows knowledge because not many men would have needed to use them as they don't read. Of Mice and Men Evidence: "Well, go see your pup, then. Don't come in a place where you're not wanted" - Crooks
* This is almost said as if Crooks is repeating what has been said to him many times previously. That he isn't wanted. This is conveyed by "you're not wanted".
* It could also imply that Crooks has trust issues from being hurt in the past. The fact that his room is cramped and that he doesn't have any real seats-"set down on the nail key"-shows that he hasn't been treated greatly.
*Crooks is also shown as having the same dream as the rest of the workers, he descried his younger life as if he wanted it to be his present life-"We used to turn the chickens out in the alfalfa on a sunny morning"....."white chickens". The significance of the term "white chickens" is big, because it seams as if he doesn't like blacks or at least wants to be white himself. Evidence: "Cause I'm black. They play cards in there, but I Can't play because I'm black." - Crooks
* This shows that Crooks knows that he is not respected, and that he can't play or converse with his co-workers.
* The use of the word "can't" explains that its not that Crooks doesn't want to be with the others, or that the others don't want to be with him, its that they aren't supposed to like each other and they can't spend time together or simply enjoy one anothers company.
* Crooks also uses repetition with "cause I'm black", this tells the reader that he knows why he is considered as the lower class and he knows that it can't be changed.
* This thought is continued with....Evidence: "If I say something, why it's just a nigger sayin' it" .... "This is a nigger talkin', an' a busted-back nigger." - Crooks.
*This could be what Crooks thinks that the other ranchers are saying about him. He repeats the term "nigger" referring to himself-this almost implies self hatred, it shows that he hates being black. When Crooks describes himself as a "busted-back nigger" it follows the self-hatred aspect. This also implies that Crooks just wants to be noticed and listened to, for a change. Evidence: "It's just being with another guy that's all"...."A guy needs somebody-to be near him"...."A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody" - Crooks
* This shows Crooks' real emotions towards him being alone all of the time. He tells Lennie that everyone needs someone, almost as if he is jealous of him and George.
* However Crooks never describes the person he's talking about to be him, he uses "a guy" instead. By the term "needs" tells the reader that Crooks really can't take the dreadful loneliness any longer.
* Crooks also says about being "crazy with loneliness". This is a little ironic because Crooks isn't 'crazy' yet he has no-one, and Lennie is seen as 'crazy' and he has George. By Leanne Caswell Context * Crooks doesn't have a real name, and he is known as Crooks because of his crooked back.
* He lives on his own in a crowded stable, with a lot of his own books-this is unlike the other ranchers.
* Crooks is the only coloured man on the ranch. He is separated from the rest of his co-workers, this follows the theme of loneliness. Even though Crooks is lonely, he shows a lot of pride and dignity rather than self pity.
* Although Crooks keeps himself to himself, he stll has the same dreams as everyone else in the ranch. (Lennie, George and Candy) Of Mice And Men was set in the 1930's, this was when black people didn't have equal rights, it was a society dominated by whites. Steinbeck presents this by Crooks being separated from his co-workers. Also, Curley's Wife, who isn't very powerful and forcing with the workers, doesn't show Crooks respect. At this time woman didn't have many rights either, and the fact that Curley's Wife thinks of herself as higher than Crooks shows that blacks were not respected in the 30's.