Theme Of Alienation In Of Mice And Men

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There are many ways to portray loneliness and alienation; in this book it can be a good trait but can also be fatal. In the book Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck there is highly detailed characterization and it can be shown through a few characters who create a substantial amount of conflict. Some of the most alienated characters are also some of the most important characters; they are Lennie, Curley’s Wife, and Crooks. These characters are the most critical due to their highly detailed characterizing and overall attitude throughout the story that is very recognizable. Every character is also diverse and different; Crooks is black, Curley’s wife is a woman, and Lennie has a brain disability. Having these difference as said in the sentence…show more content…
Due to Crooks being of the African American descent he gets no respect from anyone and he always stays in the barn and never seems to talk much at all unless he is questioned or ordered to do something. In this quote Crooks is desperate to talk to someone, "Come on in and set a while," Crooks said. "'Long as you won't get out and leave me alone, you might as well set down." (pg. 22). Although Crooks appears to be very quiet and concealed he also has a very smart aspect to his personality. This quote also shows how talking with someone relieves him as he doesn’t unwillingly have to talk to his mind all day. In this quote, Crooks shows true emotion when talking about George, "George can tell you screwy things, and it don't matter It's just the talking. It's just bein' with another guy. That's all." (pg.39-40). When Crooks ever speaks up or has any opinion nobody wants to even consider his opinion; also, he never gets to sit down and talk to somebody very often so he doesn’t even care what they are talking about he just likes the company. Secondly, Crooks has been the most quiet and alienated out of them all,especially since he is black which nearly deafens him as a source of help. Crooks has been one of the most insightful characters by being so appreciative of everything even though his life is rough as it is. At last, Crooks is the most lonely and alienated in the story due to his skin color and the fact that he is more anti-social than any other character in the

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