Of Mice and Men Summative Assignment (Crooks)

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1. Characterization:
Direct Characterization- “Crooks could leave his things about, and being a stable buck and a cripple, he was more permanent than other men, and he had accumulated more possessions than he could carry on his back” (Steinbeck 65). Indirect characterization-

A. “A guy sets alone out here at night, maybe readin’ books or thinkin’ or stuff like that. Sometimes he gets thinkin’, an’ he got nothing to tell him what’s so an’ what ain’t so. Maybe if he sees somethin’, he don’t know whether it’s right or not. He can’t turn to some other guy and ast him if he sees it too. He can’t tell. He got nothing to measure by” (Steinbeck 73). “Maybe you guys better go. I ain't sure I want you in here no more. A colored man got to have some rights even if he don't like 'em" (Steinbeck 90). B. “Crooks had reduced himself to nothing. There was no personality, no ego--nothing to arouse either like or dislike. He said, “Yes, ma'am," and his voice was toneless. For a moment she stood over him as though waiting for him to move so that she could whip at him again; but Crooks sat perfectly still, his eyes averted, everything that might be hurt drawn in. She turned at last to the other two.” (Steinbeck 80-81). “Got a crooked back where a horse kicked him. The boss gives him hell when he’s mad. But the stable buck don’t give a damn about that. He reads a lot. Got books in his room” (Steinbeck 20). C. Crooks admits to being extremely lonely, and as a black man with a physical handicap, Crooks is forced to live on the fringe of ranch life, excluded. His resentment seems to quietly burst out through his bitter, caustic wit, like on page 72, touching Lennies vulnerable side. Therefore, Crooks is a lonely person who keeps to himself and does what he does because he has nothing else to do and no one to care for. Crooks is a round, static character.

2. Emotional Reaction: Crooks is overwhelmingly redundant to the care of others. I can’t help but feel...
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