CROOKS DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF CROOKS IN THE NOVELLA OF MICE AND MEN. CONTEXT 1930’s America was a tough place to live in for black people, or in fact, anybody that was not white. During this time, black people were treated like second class citizens and frequently found themselves segregated and ostracised due only to the fact of the colour of their skin. They did not have the same rights as white people and in some parts of America were in fact considered no better than animals. The rise of white supremacist groups such as the KKK during this era also meant that black people had to ‘know their place’ for if they didn’t they often faced severe punishment.
There are numerous examples of this in Of Mice and Men. Relationships between the characters in Of Mice and Men suggest that human nature is inherently predatory. Each character possesses strengths and weaknesses; however each character finds a way to flaunt his or her superiority over another individual by belittling that person’s weaknesses. Each of the major characters is weak in their specific circumstance of isolation and need for emotional support. Most people in our present day society are afflicted by the same basic human need.
This shows that he is trapped by his physical disability and will never recover. Steinbeck links Crooks and Curley’s Wife throughout the novel in terms of theme and their position on the ranch. They are both discriminated against, eg – Crooks – racism and Curley’s Wife – marginalised. They both throughout the novel experience loneliness and isolation because of it. This was the attitude in 1930’s America towards black people and women.
Mayella had a hard, lonely life. She took care of her many brothers and sisters, was mentally, emotionally, and physically abused by her own father, lived in extreme poverty, and was looked down upon by the rest of the town. She looked for acceptance in a black man named Tom Robinson, the only man (or perhaps the only person) that was ever decent to her. When she was found out the guilt of breaking a social barrier so thick caused her to accuse an innocent man of rape. This shows that even though Tom was so good to Mayella, he was black, and even she let her racism get the best of her and took him to court.
But it is clear that George is not going to leave him. What began vaguely as a duty, after the death of Lennie's Aunt Clara, has become a way of life: there is companionship and trust in this relationship, which makes it almost unique among the ranch-hands. George confesses to Slim how he once abused this trust by making Lennie perform degrading tricks; but after Lennie nearly drowned, having (although not able to swim) jumped, on George's orders, into the Sacramento River, George has stopped taking advantage of Lennie's simplicity. At the end of the novella George confronts a great moral dilemma, and acts decisively, killing Lennie as a last act of friendship. [George’s side of the friendship] George's and Lennie's dream is at first a whim, but becomes clearer.
Prejudice is Everywhere “There’s nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man who’ll take advantage of a Negro’s ignorance” (Lee 221). Atticus, the narrator’s father in To Kill a Mockingbird, expresses his disgust in the manner of how white men treat the African-American race. This part of the novel is only one example of the prejudices observed in To Kill a Mockingbird, as the novel highlights the issue throughout. Racism was a major issue a large number of men, women, and even children had to face during the time periods of the novels To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Scout, the protagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird, is a young girl living in Maycomb, Alabama.
The first thing Candy tells us about the boss that he decided to take his anger out on the stable buck when he realizes that George and Lennie were late." An' he give the stable buck hell,too" Stienbeck is trying to tell us the boss gives me a bad time because he is different from the rest of the men in the ranch and he is the only black man. So it is easy for them to bully him as he doesn't have anyone to stick up for him. This quote also shows how Crooks is mistreated by the farm boss because the ranch boss thinks he can ill-treat and discriminate against him. Crooks dream of becoming equal is destroyed by the racist attitudes of others This also tells readers the boss is nice to crook when his not angry, this is because Crook do his
When she drew it away, it trailed a long silver thread of saliva. “Your fathers no better than the ******* and trash he works for!” (Lee 117) 1. (analysis)This quote said by Mrs. Dubose towards Jem and Scout shows how racists she is. Mrs. Dubose and most of the towns people dislike the Finches because Atticus is a white man defending a black man. Jem and Scout stats to become aware that all this is caused by segregation.
When Atticus, Jem and Scout go to the family plantation for Christmas, she gets in trouble for beating up her cousin. Scout’s cousin calls Atticus a "Nigger Lover” so Scout hits him. Scout’s uncle comes outside and yells at her without listening to what she had to say. The injustice is Scout not being able to tell her side of the story. As the famous saying says “Assumed guilty until proven innocent”, this is the case for Boo Radley.
This essay shall set out to discuss the recurring theme of loneliness evident in "Of Mice And Men" by John Steinbeck. I shall be writing about some very different characters, who all have this one trait in common. Loneliness affects many of the characters, and Steinbeck seems to show that it is a natural and inevitable result of the kind of life they are forced to lead. Every character in the story exhibits loneliness. Curley's wife seeks the attention of the farm hands as a substitute for the lack of attention from the abusive Curley.