Isolation In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Crooks Crooks feels isolated and is ostracised by society. ‘He kept his distance and demanded that other people keep theirs.’ This suggests that he is a private man who isn’t very sociable but it is also the laws of segregation that effects Crooks’ social life as well. While most of the other workers on the farm were out in town, Crooks is forced to stay by himself. All the rest of the rest of the workers share bunk houses but Crooks is again isolated from people, as he lives on his own in the harness room. In this way, Crooks is downgraded to second class to the white men, and seems to be treated with the same respect the horses are treated with. Crooks appears to be a passive-aggressive person. He reveals his anger in his attack…show more content…
‘“You got no right to come in my room. This here’s my room. Nobody got any right in here but me.’” When Crooks says this, it works in both ways, in that he isn’t allowed around the white workers, and they shouldn’t be around him. His defensive manner fades, however, once Lennie behaves kindly toward him, and he even considers helping Lennie and Candy with their plan to buy land until the threats…show more content…
When Crooks tries to get Lennie to see what life is like for him, he says to Lennie, ‘“ Maybe you can see now. You know he’s goin’ to come back.”’ ‘He whined, “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody.”’ Again this makes us pity Crooks, especially as he no longer says his words, as he now whines them, the way a child would whine to get someone’s attention. When he reminisces about when he was young and how he would play with the ‘white kids’, we see that once he wasn’t alone, he was surrounded by people, and wants to be surrounded by friends once more. When Candy comes into the harness room, ‘It was difficult for Crooks to conceal his pleasure with anger.’ This makes the reader feel so happy for Crooks, as he has never so much company before but as he is so used to feeling different, he cannot let his true feelings show

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