Sarah James Mrs. Lewis AP Lang. October 21, 2013 Isolation of Crooks In John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men isolation is the central theme throughout the text. Many of the characters are alone and have no one who truly cares about them, but the most isolated character is the stable hand, Crooks. Crooks is black, which sets him apart from all other characters, and is looked down on by almost everyone due to this. He has his own room in the barn because he is not permitted to sleep in the same room as a white person.
Chapter 4 – Crooks’ bunk in the harness room. Saturday night. Lennie is left behind when George goes into town with the other ranch hands. This section of the novel focuses on Crooks as a character. Crooks is a bitter, cynical person, ‘being alone’ would not encourage him to be any other way.
Everyone on the ranch is lonely; George says ranch guys ‘are the loneliest in the world.’ Crooks says ‘A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long as he’s with you.’ This implies that everyone in the ranch is lonely since all the bunk house men are single so they have no one to comfort them. They have no family to go to or to speak to, they have nothing to look forward to except work for the rest of their lives. George even plays solitaire which is a one player game which implies that even though he has Lennie he still feels alone since Lennie is so immature that he cannot speak to him about the real problems he has. He could feel like he’s in unequal marriage, where George has all the responsibilities.
Crooks notes- For Controlled Assesment- 21st Feb 2012- Of Mice and Men · He has seen many men come and go, all dreaming of buying a piece of land, but is now cynical, as no one has ever achieved it. · He is always called the 'nigger' by the men, which shows how racism is taken for granted. The men don't mean to insult Crooks every time they call him this, but they never think to use his name. · This shows signs of isolation. He feels isolated and bitter.
Silvana Delgado Roberts Structure in Language and Literature II 04/05/2013 Of Mice and Men Essay The characters in Of Mice and Men have a feeling of loneliness and dissatisfaction throughout the book. Loneliness affects the life of Curley's wife, she has a desperate need to talk to anyone that is not her husband, and he's also the reason she is stuck at the ranch. Candy's loneliness comes from losing his pet that he has had for so many years, and he also fears that he will get fired. It also has an effect on Crooks, who does not spend time with people because he is judged and mistreated by the workers in the ranch. John Steinbeck creates the characters in Of Mice and Men with a theme of loneliness
Everyone gets lonely now and then for reason maybe even unknown to ourselves. In the story "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, 3 characters face being lonesome throughout the book. Candy, Crooks and Curley's Wife are the ones facing this problem. Candy feels like he's not useful and he's a burden to other and Crooks says he's being discriminated against for be black. Whereas Curley's wife feels lonely because she IS alone with nothing to but sit in her house and has no one to talk to and gains sympathy based off that.
Crooks feels hope for a moment thinking his life can become better even if his only friends are George, Lennie and Candy. He has no even been invited to live with them and Crooks is already willing to work like a slave as long as he has someone. Crooks is obviously a victim of the loneliness that invades the ranch but most important is the misfortunate consequences of
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.
He is so desperate for company and for someone to talk, even though he does not really show it. "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" (page 105. Crooks) In a way, everyone needs someone to talk to, whether it is a friend, family member, or even a pet.Crooks does not have any of these sources.
2.Loneliness is a part of life on the ranch "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place. They come to a ranch an' work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they're poundin' their tail on some other ranch. They ain't got nothin to look ahead to.