Of Mice And Men Crooks Loneliness Essay

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Throughout the novella John Steinbeck also shows the theme of loneliness through many different characters to, but another character that represents the theme of loneliness very distinctly is Crooks, he is a Negro that is crippled and works as a stable buck on the ranch. Though Crooks was born in California unlike many Southern blacks, he implies, he is still always made to feel like an outsider just because of his skin color. Crooks is very aware that his skin color is all that keeps him separate in this time period but this outsider status causes him the passionate expression of grief or sorrow his loneliness, but he also delights in seeing the loneliness of others. A strong example of crooks loneliness is while he is speaking to Lennie and Candy comes by to join and says "I been here a long time," he said.…show more content…
This's the first time I ever been in his room. "Crooks said darkly, "Guys don't come into a colored man's room very much." (Chapter 4 76-77) Candy has been at the farm for a very long time and him stating that he has never been in Crooks’ room shows how lonely he actually is. All he does all day is read his books, and do is work, he never gets to speak to no one. Throughout the novella Crooks tries to intend that he does not mind being lonely and that the other workers are lonely to but as soon as Lennie and Crooks got to talking Crooks says "S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy 'cause you was black. How'd you like that?” (Chapter 4, Page 80) This passage highlights the need for companionship and the oppressive nature of Crooks' society. Although most of the men have no true friends, they at least get to play cards and associate with others. No one on the farm truly knows how Crooks feels and he is still considered just the stable buck. Crooks is no different to anyone else, he is just colored. He works the same, acts the same and is the
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