This highlights the main theme of the novel: loneliness. Living alone in his room Crooks craves the company of others but, because of his coloured skin and the era he lived in, he is shown to be separated from the other ranch workers and thus suffering from loneliness more than his colleagues. Because of his skin colour, Crooks is shown to have “kept his distance and demanded that other people kept theirs.” Steinbeck describes how crooks wants others to stay away from him and reciprocates their feelings towards him but, later in the novel, he reveals that he is very lonely all by himself and would like to have someone to talk to. However, because he is so used to being shunted away by society, he pushes everyone away from him before they have the chance to do the same, portraying him as a “proud, aloof man”. Again, this fact highlights Crooks' loneliness and, even though he has convinced himself he doesn’t need anyone else, he knows the pleasure of having company and this is something that can’t be replaced by the many possessions he has acquired.
This suggests that Crooks must struggle to work through his pain yet does not complain as realistically he has no choice. By creating a crippled character, Steinbeck ensures that almost immediately we sympathise with the character of Crooks which is necessary in order for us to sympathise with him. In addition to his own appearance, Steinbeck cleverly uses pathetic fallacy in order to describe the
And by masking his identity, he makes Dimmesdale wonder why he would want to do this to him. So Roger Chillingworth is at more at fault because of all the things that he made Dimmesdale go through; and also because he does not feel any remorse for his
Being so alone has made him seem mean and cold hearted, but its all a mask to hide his self-pity and loneliness and Crooks starts to believe that he is a lesser human. He says to Lennie pg72 "You got no right to come in my room...You go on get outa my room. I ain't wanted in the bunkhouse and you ain't wanted in my room." He continues by saying that the whites believe he stinks and one can interpret this as a way of saying that the whites would find it a disgrace that a nigger should breathe the same bunkhouse air as them. Crooks also has a fake hope that he is protected by his “wrights” but toughs are dashed by his argument with Curlys wife.
This action leads to him being considered a tragic hero. Creon’s human flaw of arrogance causes him to ignore reasoning and advice and listen only to his own thoughts. He states, "My voice is the one voice giving orders in this city". He is afraid to go back on his word because it will hurt his pride and he is afraid that it will cause him to lose power with his subjects. This action causes him to lose everyone that he loves.
This is a major part of the story and his speedy thought process in forgiving him is a major character building point. In Invisible Man, the main character nearly beats and stabs a man to death for the man bumping into him, calling him a vulgar name, then not apologizing. Slowly, the invisible man realizes the err of his ways and acknowledges the fact that the stranger may not have actually seen him. He then lets the man go without hard feelings on his part. These examples both establish a sense of forgiveness in the two main characters.
When Amir want to make Hassan become a theft, baba turns him to shock “Except Baba stunned me by saying, “I forgive you” (Hosseini 112) Baba is a strictly person. He does not like any one do something bad and especially that is stealing. When baba says “I forgive you”, it makes Amir feel jealous to them. In the beginning of the novel, when Amir asks his father about which sin with baba is the biggest and baba answer that is stealing. This is the reason that makes him get shock.
We gain an understanding of his character as we read more about him, ‘he smiled happily’, and this is a childish description of such a ‘huge man’, we wouldn’t expect someone so ‘huge’ to act childish. Steinbeck presents Lennie’s character as a benevolent one, this seems to derive sympathy from the readers because it makes them feel apologetic towards him and appreciate him. Due to the foreshadowing events which were accentuated throughout the novella, it is clear that Lennie's dream can never be accomplished and we actually feel sympathy for him as he does not intend to hurt others, Steinbeck makes it apparent that Lennie is in the grip of a powerful ability (immense strength) that he has no control over, which leads to the death of many. (Notice how the death of the species he kills tend to get larger) and the readers can understand the deep innocence of this character as he did not mean to kill Curley's wife in section five. We know this because he began to 'cry with fright' and he knows that he has done ‘a bad-thing’ because he is aware that he has done a bad thing; this enlightens the readers that when Lennie senses danger, he feels threatened and becomes very dangerous.
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.
As he says "If I say something, why it's just a nigger sayin' it" and this shows his anger. Being hated has made him seem cruel, but also he sees himself as less important human. He says to Lennie "You got no right to come in my room.....You go on get outa my room. I ain't wanted in the bunkhouse and you ain't wanted in my room." This also shows he built up anger and shouted at Lennie because he is a ‘easy target’.