What Do We Learn About Crooks in Chapter 4 of “Of Mice and Men”?
This essay will uncover information about the “Negro Stable Buck”, named Crooks in of Mice and Men. The essay will analyze information regarding crooks, in link to themes such as the unattainable American dream, themes of racial discrimination , as well as themes such as loneliness and isolation. An understanding of the character of Crooks requires an understanding of the status of black people in the West during the time of when the book is set, during the 1920s Depression, as it can be seen during the novel, and especially throughout Chapter 4, that Crook’s experiences on the ranch were those almost indistinguishable from the rest of Black Americans during the era when jobs were short, money was hard to earn, and racial tensions were running high.
Chapter 4 provides solid evidence that crooks is a lonely man, who is isolated from the rest of the ranch, most probably as a result of his skin color. “I aint wanted in the bunk house…They play cards in there, but I can’t, because I’m Black”, gives the reader the impression that because of Crook’s skin color, he is isolated from the farm, and especially the communal, white only, bunk house, where the ranch workers eat, sleep, and entertain themselves and each other. “I was talkin’ about myself. A guy sets alone out here at night, thinking. He got nothing and no one to tell him what’s so an’ what ain’t so”, as well as “…A guy needs somebody—to be near him…A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you. I tell ya…I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick…” are further quotes which totally substantiate the concept of Crook’s loneliness. The quote “I aint a Southern Negro, I was born in California…There wasn’t a colored family for miles around, and now there ain’t a colored man on this ranch…If I say somethin’, why it’s just a nigger sayin’ it..”, can be seen to mean that because Crook’s...
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