Of Mice and Men
In this controlled assessment I will be exploring the ways Crooks is presented in chapter 4 in the novel: ‘Of Mice and Men’. Crooks is the stable buck at the ranch and is the only black person in the novel. The novel was set during the great depression which was un the 1930’s and Crook plays a big part in as he is and outcast within the ranch and the idea of discrimination and racism is bought into the novel which was all present in the 1930’s. Steinbeck uses the character of crooks to represent the black community in the 1900’s which were badly treated and abused during this time period. Racial discrimination is part of the microcosm Steinbeck describes in his story.
Firstly we see that Crooks is the only man on the ranch which illustrates that he is an outcast. Crooks us referred to as a “Negro” or “Stable buck” or “Crooks”, this shows us that the other people on the ranch(who are all white) do not call him by his real name which shows us that he is not an important person we see he is not treated as well. The word “Negro” in this generation and time period would be a highly offensive word to use to call black people, but back in the 1920’s it was a freely used word to describe black people. Crooks has got his own bedroom which is in a “little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn”, this shows us that crooks has been mentally and also physically been separated from the white people. This reflects on how the black community had to live in the racial great depression period.
We see that Crooks is a lonely character and the reasons for this are because he has been rejected in society by the white people because he is black. We can infer that crooks does not like to be alone and he would like to have someone to be with him because in a conversation between him and Lennie, crooks says “a guy needs somebody to be near him” which shows that he is talking about himself. When Lennie first comes into crooks room, we see that first crooks thinks...