Him having books suggests to us that he may have been well educated as a child. When he was young boy he lived on a smallholding with his father, so he was probably treated with a bit of respect, however, now he is just a black man working on a ranch with a lot of white men, and now he is treated with no respect at all, he is an outcast which nobody wants to know, 'If I say something it's just a nigger talking'. So from having people liking him to no-one liking him at all is quite a big jump. The other ranch workers see him as entertainment, as you can easily win a fight against him if you were put up to it, when the boss comes along
He later learns Lennie is a nice guy. Crooks isn't fond of the workers because they never invite him to play cards, because he's black and because they say he stinks. So Crooks assumes that since Lennie is a worker he's wants something from him, when in fact Lennie is only trying to see his puppy and later make a new friend. Crooks opinion of Lennie changes when they start talking. They start talking in a friendly manner and have a normal conversation.
Lennie does not know his own strength, reacts to trouble when he is scared Idioms- “old lady” (p.53), “throw a litter” (p.58), “punk” (p.62), “cut off his wind” (p.63) Allusions- Luger, phonograph, fence picket, Golden Gloves Chapter 4- 66. Crooks was alone, living by himself and able to leave his personal possessions lying around 67. Loneliness- people kept their distance from Crooks because he was black 68. Loneliness- Lennie also quite alone in the world- only friend is George and tries to make friends with Crooks 69. Lennie- a genuinely nice person, has nice smile that tempted Crooks to let him in 69.
This makes the reader sympathize for Crooks’s unfortunate life. He is also portrayed as a well-educated man. He seems to have lots of books, including a ‘tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the Californian civil code.’ Even though he has had good education, he still works in a ranch when he could have got a better job. He probably was discriminated for his skin colour and therefore lost his chance of having a comfortable life. This pictures Crooks as
In doing so, we see how essential not only it is for Lennie to gain another friend in times of loneliness, but for Crooks as well. Being secluded from companionship like Crooks is, he becomes dependent on Lennie for moments like those to remind him that he is still a human being. Lennie, like George, also doesn’t want to risk losing a friend over something minor. When Lennie wanted some ketchup and he saw that he made George angry by continuously asking for what they don’t have, he immediately apologized and said “I wouldn’t eat no ketchup, George. I’d leave it all for you.
George’s and Lennie’s characters are round, evolving throughout the story. There are also a few stock characters. Curly, the ranch owner’s bully son, has a wife whom he neglects. Slim, the wisest ranch hand, has respect from all the other workers. Carlson is the opposite of Slim; he is ignorant and insensitive.
He knows that he should not turn in Jim because Jim has done nothing but help Huck in his adventure and has done nothing wrong to Huck. Huck’s development is shown here because he knows that what society views slaves as is wrong. They are best friends, which is why Huck cannot bring himself to turn Jim in. Even though Huck brings himself to pray to for the ability to turn Jim in, he could not because he cares about Jim. They took care of each other on the raft and have grown a close relationship, because of this Huck cannot bring
Within the novel, Lennie shows no significant changes, development, or growth. Sympathy is created for Lennie because his enthusiasm for the dream of their future farm proves contagious as he convinces George, Candy, Crooks, and the reader that such a paradise might be possible. But he is a character whom Steinbeck sets up for disaster, a character whose innocence only seems to ensure his inevitable destruction. The farm is a place where Lennie and George can live together, have animals, grow their own crops and, in general, feel safe. Lennie has little memory, but the story of their dream is one he knows by heart.
In the novel, Candy used to work on the ranch, however, because of an accident, he lost one of his hands. He dose not have any ability to do heavy works, so he has to work as a swamper on the ranch. Coincidentally, after meeting George and Lennie, he is drawn into George and Lennie's dream, and wants to have a similar dream as George's. In the novel, once George tells their future plan to Lennie, Candy thinks it is wonderful to have a own house and do not have to do what they would rather not do, so he tells George that he can contribute to buying a house with his money in order to make George agree to take him together. As shown above, different people might have different backgrounds, different beliefs or different habits.
John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men How do the details in this passage add to your understanding of Crooks? In this passage about Crooks, Steinbeck creates an impression of what Crooks’ Character is like. Steinbeck describes to us that ‘Crooks’ bunk was a long box filled with straw’ this shows that Crooks is treated like an animal due to his race. By using the noun ‘straw’ this gives us a feeling of how an animal is treated in comparison to Crooks. Crooks’ room mustn’t be very big due to him working in his own room which means he wouldn’t have much personal space for him or his own possessions.