From the passage we can learn a lot more about Crooks’ characteristics and intellect. We find out that he lives in a “little room” away from everyone else. “broken harness” and “new leather” show us his work ethic but also give us an insight in to the inhumane, unjust, cruel behaviour hey had to face during the slave trade. “Crooks also had “his apple box over his bunk, both for himself and the horses”, Steinbeck is reinforcing the fact that blacks were treated like animals in 1930’s American society.
Steinbeck is trying to put across the loneliness people felt at the ranch especially crooks. “number of possessions; for, being alone, crooks could leave his things about”, from this we can infer that no one entered his bunk or stole from him due to the colour of his skin. Steinbeck is also reiterating that no whites socialised with blacks at that time and that there was an incredible amount of segregation. Furthermore because of this segregation Crooks almost had to have plenty of possessions to keep him occupied. “Crooks possessed a single-barrel shogun” which enforces the fact that he had been beaten up or racially attacked so he needed a means of security to defend himself and his dignity.
In addition Crooks also owned a “tattered dictionary” and a “copy of the civil code” which tells us that he was a knowledgeable man. He must have read this everyday to see whether he was being treated correctly as Steinbeck ads “spectacles hung from a nail on the wall above his bed”.
Moreover Steinbeck writes “his eyes lay deep in his head” and “seemed to glitter with intensity”. This tells us many things about Crooks. Firstly the depth in is eyes signify the discrimination he has faced and that that build a huge wall and knocked his confidence. But it could also show that he is incredibly defensive and reserved. Secondly the “intensity” represents his hopes and dreams. Steinbeck emphasizing that everyone had a dream from the elderly, the women and the blacks who were...