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Crooks's American Dream

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on 21 October 2013

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Transcript of Crooks's American Dream

What is his American Dream?
Crook's American Dream is to have full rights. He wishes to be able to have full freedom and be equal to anyone who is white. He thinks he has nobody to turn to towards because he is black. If everyone was equal he would not be so lonely. He wishes blacks and whites could all be friends and include each other.
Crooks's American Dream
By: Luke Harding, Alex Beran, and Alex Lis
What stands in his way?
Crooks faces discrimination because of his race, so he doesn't get much of a chance to be equal with others. Nobody gives him a chance because in their eyes, all African Americans are the same and shouldn't be treated well.
What are Crook's character traits?
sassy "'Come on in and set a while,' Crooks said. 'As long as you wont get out and leave me alone'" (Steinbeck 69)
insecure "Crooks stared hopelessly at her, and then he sat down on his bed and drew into himself....Crooks had reduced himself to nothing. There was no personality. No ego" (Steinbeck 80-81)
What hinders him?
Society hinders him because Black's were not accepted back in the day due to their skin color. Crooks is a crippled man too and they were also looked down upon. He has a risk of being canned each day since he can not work as well as others. He would have no where to go, but if everyone was equal he would not have to worry about any trouble just because he is black.
Crooks says:
"S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go back into the bunk house and play rummy music cause you was black. How'd you like that? S'pose you had to sit out here an' read books. Sure you could play horeshoes till it got dark, but then o got to read books. Books ain't no good. A guy needs somebody to be near him" (Steinbeck 72).
Crooks Faces Discrimination
"I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't eve funny" (Steinbeck 81).

"You guys comin' in an' settin' made me forget. What she says is true" (Steinbeck 82).
Crooks Says
" ...If you... guys would want a hand to work for nothing- Just his keep, why I'd come an' lend a hand. I ain't so crippled I can't work like a son-of-a-bitch if I want to. (Steinbeck, 76)
Did Crooks achieve his dream?
Crooks, being in the minority group of the farm, wants to be treated with the same amount of respect as the others, but he is continuously reminded that he is, and always will be black. Crooks's dream of racial equality was not achieved in Of Mice and Men. This is because racism was a very prominent issue in the time period our novella takes place in.
"'Listen, nigger,' She said. 'you know what I can do to you if you open your trap?'" (Steinbeck 80)

"'Cause I'm black. They play cards in there, but I cant play because I'm black'" (Steinbeck 68)
Conclusion
Crook's American Dream is to be treated with the same amount of respect that white people get. Unfortunately, society, his disability and his race all hold him back and Crooks does not achieve his American Dream.
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