Importance Of Relationships In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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When the Great Depression occurred, a lot more than the economy was depressed. Friendships and relationships were scarce. In John Steinbeck’s story, Of Mice and Men the need of acceptance and relationships is very greatly portrayed by Crooks and Curly’s wife. Crooks and Curly’s wife are both social outcasts on the farm, but they both share a want for acceptance and having somebody. Everybody needs someone to talk too. Crooks and Curly’s wife are two peas in the same pod when it comes to being rejected. Crooks may be black but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a human. Curly’s wife unfortunately happens to be the only lady on the ranch. Sadly for crooks there’s only one reason he’s left out, "Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m Black. They say I stink. Well I tell you, you all stink to me!" (Steinbeck 75). As for Curly’s wife, she’s just striving to talk to someone, as she states "If I catch any one man, and he's alone, I get along fine with him. But just let two of the guys get together an' you won't talk. Jus' nothing but mad. You're all…show more content…
Crooks tend to be a push-over and don’t want to cause trouble in the group. On the other hand Curly’s wife is always trying every which way, and to make matters worse it just only causes trouble for everyone else to deal with. Crooks, as he tends to get away from a bad situation, “Maybe you guys better go. I ain't sure I want you in here no more. A colored man got to have some rights even if he don't like 'em" (Steinbeck 90). Exclusive of Crooks, Curly’s wife tends to be romping around the farm making everything more difficult for everyone else, as Carl shares, "Maybe you better go along to you own house now. We don’t want no trouble" (Steinbeck, 85). In the end they both have a drive to be accepted and talked to, but just how far they will go to achieve it differs

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