Crooks Loneliness

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“If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them…” is relatable to a theme regarding loneliness in the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. The quote which was quoted by Jodie Picoult outlines a colored character named Crooks from Of Mice and Men whose loneliness has led him into a bitter but sharp personality. Crooks’ reaction to a visit from an innocent while man to his behavior ranging from effects of loneliness after a misunderstanding, shows how isolated Crooks felt and how much it had invaded his character. First of all, Crooks was a colored stable buck with a crooked spine that lived in a…show more content…
“Just s’pose that”……. “He won’t do it,” Lennie cried. “George wouldn’t do nothing like that. I been with George a long time. He’ll come back tonight……. Crooks’ face lighted with pleasure in his torture……. (Steinbeck 71). Crooks appears to be a disempowered character that uses his vulnerability into a weapon to attack those who are even weaker. Harsh effects of loneliness are shown the minute when Lennie resorts to physical violence as a threat causing Crooks to relent. Crooks evokes sympathy as soon as he starts to notice the consequences of his actions. As a result, loneliness can have damaging outcomes which were exhibited by Crooks’ reaction to his visit from Lennie. Crooks’ isolated character was conquered by every aspects of isolation such as seeking out to destroy those who are even weaker. Inviting Lennie inside his room depicts Crooks’ desire for company. Loneliness even had several characters from Of Mice and Men confessing their deep solitude to strangers revealing their desperation. Overall various types of consequences are left behind due to loneliness being a challenge to divert
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