How Does Steinbeck Represent Attitudes to Black People in Mice and Men at the Time

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How does Steinbeck explore different attitudes to black people in the novel? Steinbeck explores 1930s America through out his novel and revels the different attitudes toward black people show by different social classes, he achieves this by using one of his characters named “Crooks” as a device through out his novel and shows the different emotional effects of the racism treatment people had to endure on everyday life bases. The first thing which we are informed about is the fact that the boss decided to take his anger out on the stable buck when he realizes that George and Lennie were late. “Ya see the stable buck’s a nigger” the use of word “nigger” indicates the fact that this is how Crooks is know, and that people prefer to identify him by his race instead of his name. The word “nigger” is also designed to make the reader feel inferior and ashamed of the way the character has been treated. However Candy justifies his Bosses actions as he sees nothing wrong or immoral in them. By doing this Steinbeck is showing the reader that the society was used to this kind of treatment and that it was applied towards black people on everyday life bases. This quotation shows us that black people’s rights were very limited and that they were not able to stand up for their believes and they accepted the racism they had to endure with. Secondly we are told about Crooks humble accommodation, and the way he had been isolated from the rest of the society due to the fact that he is not a white resident. “A little shed that leaned of the wall of the barn” the use of word “shed” shows the reader that he is not allowed to live in the bunk house with the rest of the artillery workers, and that he has been physically isolated from any companionship, this bring up the theme of loneliness and the profound desire of companionship and friendship. This also shows us that his

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