"Of Mice And Men"Crooks Character Analysis

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CHARACTER OF CROOKS Crooks is a disempowered character who turns his vulnerability into a weapon to attack those who are even weaker. He plays a cruel game with Lennie suggesting to him that George is gone for good he did this most probably because of comments like “they say I stink” but Crooks can’t take out his anger on them by saying they stink to their faces because of the fear of what they might do to him if he said that, because he was black he had no right to say that, so he turns it towards Lennie, but only when Lennie threatens him with physical violence does he relent. Crooks exhibits the harsh effects that loneliness can have on a person; his character evokes sympathy as the origins of his cruel behaviour are made evident. Perhaps what Crooks wants more than anything else is a sense of belonging—to enjoy simple pleasures such as the right to enter the bunkhouse or to play cards with the other men. This desire would explain why, even though he has reason to doubt George and Lennie’s talk about the farm that they want to own, Crooks cannot help but ask if there might be room for him to come along and hoe in the garden, but fear probably crept in again: the fear of rejection, Crooks was too focused on reality to dream about the possibilities of life because he knew he couldn’t get high aspirations in life because he was a coloured man. Crooks is quite obstinate to be realistic because when Candy gets Crooks excited about the dream farm, to the point where Crooks could fancy himself worthy and equal enough to be in on the plan with the guys. Crooks’s little dream of the farm is shattered by Curley’s wife’s nasty comments, slotting him right back into his "place" as inferior to a white woman. Jolted into that era’s reality by Curley’s wife unsympathetic treatment, Crooks refuses to say the woman is wrong, maybe he was too afraid to stand up to her because of

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