Crooks In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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In life, there will be two types of people; the people who fit in and the people who are on the sidelines. In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, one of the characters, Crooks, is an outcast. Crooks is the only African American migrant worker on the farm. He spends all of his time alone in his bunk house reading. He is not able to communicate with others and this makes him appear angry and grumpy. Crooks is an African American that isolates himself from the other workers and is ignored because he comes off as ill-mannered. As it was the time of the Great Depression, many African Americans were targeted for their race, Crooks being one of them. Blacks were treated with such disrespect and were fired from their jobs and given to the whites instead. Their unemployment rate went down about 50% and those who did have a job…show more content…
They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black.” (Steinbeck 68) Due to the fact that he is of African American descent, Crooks does not have the same worth as a white worker. He was asked to not socialize with the other workers and to not get in their way. Therefore, Crooks is left alone in his bunkhouse to get lost in a world full of fiction. Corresponding with the topic of black discrimination, Crooks has isolated himself from the other men on the farm. He isn’t allowed to bunk with the other men so he lives in his own separate room away from the others. He is not allowed to come out of his room and socialize or participate in any activities. With this in mind, he does not make an effort to bend any of the rules and remains lonely. “Guys don’t come into a colored man’s room very much.”(Steinbeck 75) The above quote is from a scene in chapter 4, where Lennie walks into Crooks’ room. Lennie does not understand why Crooks isolates himself and also cannot see that Crooks is black. Crooks explains to Lennie that he is not welcome because he is different from the others and that is the main reason why he isolates
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