Of Mice and Men- Crooks Essay

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‘Of Mice and Men’- Crooks essay In this section Lennie, Candy and Crooks are in Crooks’ room. Crooks lives by himself because he is the only black man on the ranch. He is bookish and likes to keep his room neat, but he has been so beaten down by loneliness and prejudicial treatment of that he is now suspicious of any kindness he receives, when Lennie enters his room, he soon realizes that Lennie is mentally disabled and find pleasure in tormenting Lennie about what would happen if George didn’t return, this reveals a mean streak in crooks that he developed from being alone. Candy then comes in and he and Lennie accidentally reveal to him their dream of the ranch. In the extract we see that Crooks is very cynical towards the American dream, “‘you guys is just kiddin’ yourself.’” Crooks dismisses the dream as nothing more than something that is just in the heads of these workers. As a more permanent member of the ranch due to the accident leading to his crooked back, Crooks see’s so many itinerant workers come and go from the ranch with the same dream, “Seems like ever’ guy got land in his.’ And he knows that not a single one will ever get it, so when he hears Lennie and Candy’s dream he just assumes that they are just like the other workers. Crooks reveals to us the hopes and dreams that surrounded men and women in the 1930’s, Crooks has seen ‘hundreds’ of men come and go with this dream of having their own piece of land, but he knows that not one of them will ever get it. This tells us about the optimism of that time and how everyone thought and hoped they would achieve their dreams but also the pessimism of those who knew the truth of how they would never get their dreams and so gave up dreaming. “‘Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land.’" This stark realism gives us an impression that Crooks has absolutely no hope, he has completely lost faith on
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