Of Mice And Men Crooks Analysis

Good Essays
In Chapter 4 of “Of Mice and Men”, Steinbeck, introduces the character of Crooks by describing his room in the horse stable and his belongings. Steinbeck’s use of describing the setting doesn’t only lets us know where the characters are but in this case it lets us know who the character is. The objects in his room and the way they are placed all tells us something of Crooks’s lifestyle. Crooks’s character is intriguing because of the history he brings on his crooked-back. The way he has been treated and brought up makes him who he is today and how he relates to other people, especially white skinned people. Crooks, first of all, is the stable hand who works with the ranch horses. Along with Candy, Crooks is a character used by Steinbeck to show the effects of discrimination. This time the discrimination is based on race, and Crooks is not allowed in the bunkhouse with the white ranch hands, therefore he has his own place in the barn with the ranch animals, and he is treated as such. Crooks is a man, supposedly young but disabled, that likes books and keeps his small room neat, but has been so beaten down by loneliness and prejudicial treatment of that he is now suspicious of any kindness he receives. Racial discrimination is part of the microcosm Steinbeck describes in his story. It reaches its height in the novel when Curley's wife puts Crooks "in his place" by telling him that a word from her will have him lynched. Interestingly, only Lennie, the child-like character, does not see the color of Crooks' skin. Crooks isn’t ashamed about his inheritance but has pride and tells Lennie he doesn’t descend from slaves but from landowners. In several points, in the book Steinbeck shows Crooks’s dignity and pride when he ‘draws himself up’ and will not accept charity from anyone. Crooks, jealous of Lennie having a friend to spend his life with, scares him and makes up the story of George leaving him. Prejudice isn't simply a characteristic of the white

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    Of Mice and Men Crooks

    • 1161 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Of Mice and Men – Chapter Four - Crooks Essay Crooks is a literate black man who tends horses on the ranch. He has long been the victim of oppressive violence and prejudice and has retired behind a facade of aloofness and reserve, his natural personality deadened and suppressed by years of antagonism. Crooks is the only black man in the novel. He has a cynical intelligence and a contemptuous demeanor that he uses to prevent others from inevitably excluding him because of his race. This sign of intelligence…

    • 1161 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    CHARACTER ANALYSIS Crooks Crooks is a lively, sharp-witted, black stable-hand, who takes his name from his crooked back. Like most of the characters in the story, he admits that he is extremely lonely. When Lennie visits him in his room, his reaction reveals this fact. At first, he turns Lennie away, hoping to prove a point that if he, as a black man, is not allowed in white men’s houses, then whites are not allowed in his, but his desire for company ultimately wins out and he invites Lennie to…

    • 489 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Crooks Of Mice and Men

    • 720 Words
    • 3 Pages

    OF MICE AND MEN QUOTES & NOTES ^_^ 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…

    • 720 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Of Mice And Men: Crooks

    • 519 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Aside from the obviouse, George and Lenie, Crooks played an important role in, Of Mice and men by John Stienbeck. Crooks is thought of as the lowest rank on the ranch. He is looking for companions but he goes about it in an around about way. He is a very smart man but no one on the ranch bothers to listen to him because he is black. Crooks is a very lonely and grumpy old man. He has a croked back were a horse kiked him. He is the stable buck on the ranch but he usally keeps to imself and stays in…

    • 519 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    else is Crooks. Crooks is a black man who is not allowed to associate with the other workers on the ranch because of his race. Crooks deals with his loneliness by being a hard worker and talking to people. Crooks use his loneliness to create a strong, hard workingman. “ ‘You told me to warm up tar for that mule’s foot. I got it warm’” (Steinbeck 50). The quotes shows the work Crooks put in compared to all the rest of the men on the ranch because everyone else is playing cards. Even though Crooks is separated…

    • 182 Words
    • 1 Page
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Crooks of mice and men

    • 598 Words
    • 2 Pages

    26th March 2014 GSCE ‘English Language’ Controlled Assessment Unit 3b – Producing Creative Texts Re-creations – Taking a text and turning it into another Write a monologue using a chosen character from “Of Mice and Men”. Crooks I like the new guys. George is a nice fella, an’ so is Lennie. Lennie is the only fella’ I have power over in this ranch, and I like it because imma’ black guy and he’s a white guy. Like the other night when all the boys went to town and…

    • 598 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Crooks in of Mice and Men

    • 487 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Crooks is symbolic of a lot - he is lonely. He has no one for him. He is segregated against. He has only a few possessions, each of which means the world to him. He is one of the only educated ones on the farm, and yet this means nothing. He is always weary of the future. Crooks to represent racism and symbolize the marginalization of the black community occurring at the time in which the novel is set. Crooks’ is significant as he provides an insight into the reality of the American…

    • 487 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    have done without Clark, and how would Clark fair without Lewis? In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, characters provide each other the same purpose that Lewis and Clark did. In this way, the novel demonstrates that friendship gives life meaning. The friendless characters have been lonely for so long, their lives no longer have meaning. Both Crooks and Curley’s wife’s lives lack love and affection to give them purpose. Since Crooks has lived in white towns his entire life, his lack of friends has…

    • 669 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Show how Crooks is affected by loneliness Crooks is a character introduced to the reader in ‘Of Mice and Men’ by author John Steinbeck. Crooks is described to be the only black man on the ranch, he is said to have his own bunkroom, on first inspection the reader expects this to be a privilege however upon closer inspection we discover this is a way to isolate and degrade crooks because of his ethnic background. Crooks is affected and shows his loneliness in a number of ways; aggressiveness, sadness…

    • 844 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Of Mice and Men – Crook Analysis The old stable-hand admits to the very loneliness that George describes in the opening pages of the novel. ‘Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’’ Crooks speaks these words to Lennie in Section 4, on the night that Lennie visits Crooks in his room. His resentment typically comes out through his bitter, caustic wit, but in this passage he displays a sad, touching vulnerability too. Steinbeck describes Crooks as ‘a proud, aloof man’, which…

    • 721 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays