Mige And Crooks In Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The Great Depression created remoteness within everyone in the communitunties all over the United States and as America tried to overcome this event the population at the time had to face immense obstacles. In the novel Of Mice and Men, the friends George and Lennie go to the ranch in Soledad after an incident in the town of Weed. They work at the new ranch to earn enough money to buy a ranch of their own. At the new ranch a nameless woman conveyed as Curley’s wife has a conversation with Lennie. As she begins to get flirtatious with Lennie and him being mentally not prepared to handle a situation like that, he ends up accidentally killing her because he shouldn’t have been conversing with her in the first place. This leads to Lennie leaving…show more content…
He isolates himself because of barriers in society and the norms at the time that allowed people to think less of African Americans. Crooks builds a personal defense bubble around himself not allowing anyone in as a result of his personal choice to stay isolated. An example of when Steinbeck conveys Crooks to be protective is when he says, “You got no right to come in my room. This here’s my room. Nobody got any right in here but me” (68). This really expresses Crooks personal choice to say alone from everybody because he thinks he feels safer that way. At the same time he also conveys a feeling of despair being alone and isolated all the time. Steinbeck illustrates this when Crooks said, “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you. I tell ya” (72)(73), after saying these sorrowful words Steinbeck even talks about how Crooks had cried. His crying and him expressing all the feelings he had bottled up, show the reader what kind of character he truly is as an isolated individual and what the impact it had on Crooks. The crooked back of Crooks and being the only African American on the ranch makes him feel a sense of seclusion on the ranch due to personal choice and obstacles in societal

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