To save himself Crooks tries to explain to Lennie how it feels to be lonely, ‘Maybe you can see now, you got George. You know he’s goin’ to come back.’ This monologue is important Crooks is lonely in many ways: he is crippled so he is isolated from society, he is black and he is intelligent all of which set him apart from anyone else on the ranch. At this point animal language is used again for Lennie. Crooks discusses how life would be for Lennie if he was on his own, ‘They’ll tie you up with a collar, like a dog.’ Words like ‘growled’ also show how Lennie’s temperament changes. Please note that animal language is used the most during tense scenes.
One of the characters who proves this is Crooks. Crooks is the stable hand who works with the ranch horses. He lives by himself because he is the only “nigger” on the ranch. Crooks is a bookworm who likes to keep his room neat, but he is constantly beaten down by the never-ending loneliness and prejudicial treatment he receives because of his skin color. Because of this inhumane treatment he is now suspicious of any kindness he receives.
Of Mice and Men Essay Plan Intro • In 1930’s American people had no work • Time of the great depression , Poverty and hardship • millions of people unemployed = looking for any work available - "Of Mice of Men," = set in this period • about two ranch workers Lennie and George who are migrant workers. • Migrant workers moved from place to place to find work • No proper relationship with others - loneliness is a theme in this novel • All the people on the ranch are lonely for different reasons • reflective of the time period in which the novel was written • shows the harsh reality of their lives. • book is set The American Dream • Each individual had their own interpretation of their ideal situation for life Section 1 • Chapter 2 begins with the introduction of a new setting •
In The Clown Punk the narrator says 'towing a dog on a rope' which represents him as an outsider. This could also suggest that he is homeless,poor and a very lonely man. Because of his appearance he is looked down on. 'The sad tattoos of high punk' mark his failure therefore he is an outcast to the people that view him as they have no respect for him. In addition in T.H.I.T.P the narrator says that the hunchback drinks 'water from the chained cup' this represents the hunchback as being a prisoner in his own body because 'nobody chained him up'
Crooks the Negro stable-buck experiences isolation because the society in which he lives is racist. He is segregated and ostracised because of his race and lives on his own, in a little shed off the side of the barn with nothing more than his books, the horses and himself for company. He states that “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,” and “I ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse...they play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black.” This demonstrates that Crooks suffers from rejection from others and therefore puts his scale of aloneness at a fair greater level than Curley’s wife. Candy the crippled ranch hand, suffers from an extreme lack of interaction with other people.
‘Of Mice and Men’ is a compassionate portrayal of the harsh realities of life for poor, unskilled workers during the depression. Of Mice and Men shows us the harsh realities of life for poor, unskilled workers during the depression. Steinbeck shows us how the people struggle through life because of the loneliness, isolation, lack of permanent friendship, inability to build a secure financial for their future and the prejudice. Loneliness plays a big role in the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ because the husbands would leave their family to find a job and most of the time the husband would not come back. Steinbeck shows us how loneliness can affect people two example is Curley’s wife and Crooks.
Crook works on a farm, he is quite intelligent and he can read. He also owns lots of books, and because he has his own room becomes very lonely. The other men won’t enter his room because he is black. Crook has a very distinctive crippled back which is where he gets his nick name Crook from referring to his crooked back and his character is seen as a lonely, crippled, black man. During the story his loneliness becomes obvious and he wants a close friend and is jealous of the relationship between George and Lennie and says to Lennie when George is out “S’pose he (George) gets hurt so he can’t come back”, maybe hoping if this is true he could be Lennie’s close friend.
A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick,", when talking about himself, Lennie, and George (Steinbeck 72-73). The alienation that was portrayed through the characters was only portrayed because each character had to undergo different circumstances. An example of this can be observed through learning about the different characters; Curley's wife was the only woman on the ranch, Crooks was the only black man on the ranch, and George was the only one who had to care for a mentally challenged man. Curley's wife was treated with injustice due to the fact that she was the only female on the ranch and because she had no one to converse with.
English writing The theme of loneliness is best portrayed through characters that had a childhood full of dreams and expectations to live a better life. Steinbeck presents loneliness during the great depression by marginalizing his characters by gender, age and ethnicity. These characters were considered to be at the bottom of ranch hierarchy because they were useless during the 1930’s. The character of Candy is portrayed as lonely by Steinbeck as he is marginalized by age. Candy is believed to be useless as he has lost his hand and is old.
The conditions were so bad many people ended up unable to work due to sickness or death from either the meat or exhaustion. Sinclair made it clear that the poor peasants were the hardest working and received nothing in return. His passion in writing is so deep for the lower class folks when he expresses the value of each individual in Jurgis’ group and their drive to keep