Crooks Of Mice and Men

Topics: Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, Prostitution Pages: 4 (720 words) Published: May 31, 2014

George Milton
-“I been mean, ain’t I?” --> George is a good friend to Lennie. He protects him and does what is necessary to keep him out of trouble. -“If I was alone I could live so easy” --> Lennie is a burden to George -“I want you to stay with me, Lennie” –George --> conveys Georges loneliness

Lennie Small
-“paws”  animalistic quality; bear
-“all you can ever remember is them rabbits” –George.  Lennie represents idealism and optimism in the American dream. “rabbits” symbol of freedom and peace of mind. -“he’s jus’ like a kid” –Slim  describes him perfectly -“why do you got to get killed?” –Lennie  no understanding of actions or consequences. “its mean here” –Lennie  too innocent to cope with harsh environment -hallucination of Aunt Clare: main moral figure in his life. Tells him between right and wrong and about consequence.

-“crooks”  nickname due to injury. Name given to him by other ranchers  dominance, possession (slavery) -“California Civil Code for 1905”  had aspirations once of being successful. Educated individual. ( had “books”) 1905 tho! 25 years out of dates  shows futility of his situation. -“crooks was a proud, aloof man”  Steinbeck does not aim to victimize/generalize Crooks. He’s 3 dimensional; knows his worth. BUT has no power to change his fate. -location of Crooks in ranch (barn) symbolizes his distance the other men. Explicitly: segregation, metaphorically: emotional distance/loneliness -“they’ll tie ya up with a collar, like a dog”-Crooks. When Crooks finally finds someone weaker than him, he feels he must destroy them. Relates to his own oppression. Suffering leads to cruelty. -“difficult for Crooks to conceal his pleasure with anger” --> shows his desperation for contact. He has become hardened by his pain but lets his guard down at times. -“drew into himself”  crooks forces to accept his oppression. Powerless in his fate.

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