Crooks and Curleya Wife Essay

513 WordsFeb 5, 20133 Pages
Crooks Crooks is a black man, his body was bent over to the left by his crooked spine, and his eyes lay deep in his head, and because of their depth they seemed to glitter with intensity. His lean face was lined with deep black wrinkles, and he had thin, pain-tightened lips which were lighter than his face" This shows that Crooks' image is just as intense as his personality. Steinbeck is trying to show readers how powerless and lonely Crooks really is, “S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy 'cause you was black. How'd you like that? S'pose you had to sit out here an' read books. Sure you could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then you got to read books. Books ain't no good. A guy needs somebody-to be near him. 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, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick, Crooks is a black man that experiences isolation because the society in which he resides is racist. As a result, the previous quote was his means of finding a personal connection to Lennie. Like Lennie, Crooks has a ‘relationship’ with loneliness. He knows that when people get lonely, they tend to get sick. Curleys wife She is described as a woman with "full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made- up", as well as painted fingernails and elaborate hair. Stienbeck portrays her as a powerful, lonely, seductive and flirtatious woman, she asserts her power over crooks by threatening to accuse him of rape and get him lynched “Nigger, I could get you strung up on a tree, it aint even funny”. George also refers to her as jailbait, how dangerous she is, is shown by her wearing a red dress which is a colour synchronised with danger as it warns people to keep away. Curley’s wife is only ever known as Curley’s wife. This emphasizes on how little

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