He wants Lennie to know that he has to have some sorts of rights. Most, if not all of these punishments didn't give the person in question a free trail as their word wasn't as good as a white persons. Crooks is the only black man in the novel. Crooks is afraid to take kindness from anyone because he is shunned for being black and crippled. It's pretty harsh hearing a black American disassociate himself from other black people.
He sees the opportunity to finally use his power and hurt someone else the way he is hurt. Another inference could be that he feels his rights were better then, but this is unlikely. Analysis This chapter begins with the description of a place; this time, it is Crooks' room in the stable. His resentment typically comes out through his bitter, caustic wit, but in this passage he displays a sad, touching vulnerability too. Multiply Crooks a million times, and Steinbeck is pointing out the barriers and artificial obstacles people and society build against each other. Also, Crooks might be a nick-name for him given to him by the people at the ranch as he has a crooked back, this makes us sympathize with him even more as he is an outcast at the ranch. He needs someone, someone to talk with, a friend.
Crooks is the stable hand who takes care of the horses and lives by himself because he is the only black man on the ranch. This shows the audience that he was desperate to get off the ranch. The novel, which takes place during the Great Depression, begins beside the Salinas River near Soledad, California, where two migrant workers, Small and Milton, are walking on their way to a nearby ranch. They arrive at a ranch in the Salinas Valley with hopes to achieve their ultimate dream; to buy a place to call their own. Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.
. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. The reason they do not get the land is stated clearly by Crooks and echoed by Curley's wife. Crooks does this because he hasn't had this sort of power over another person in all of the time he has been at the ranch. Candy is immediately drawn in by the dream, and even the cynical Crooks hopes that Lennie and George will let him live there too. Lennie unwittingly soothes Crooks into feeling at ease, and Candy even gets the man excited about the dream farm, to the point where Crooks could fancy himself worthy and equal enough to be in on the plan with the guys. Instead, he accepts the fact that he lives in a world characterized with racial discrimination.
Remember when your mother told you being different meant you were unique, meant you were something special? 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. Now on this ranch on California he is discriminated against and segregated. He goes back to his room and reads alone. He is below all the other characters and there is a lot of evidence to prove this. The novel is set during the Great Depression, this period in time influenced people to be have prejudice to one another. Crooks is not allowed to sleep with the other workers and Steinbeck has made it clear that his accommodation is not really fit for any human. Crooks, jealous of Lennie having a friend to spend his life with, scares him and makes up the story of George leaving him.
But there is no security for anyone in a prejudiced world, least of all a black stable hand with a crooked back. While he is not a slave on the ranch, he certainly was not treated 1255 Words 6 Pages emotionally moving, but bleak, novel, Of Mice and Men, is devoted to the character of Crooks. Crooks is bookish and likes to keep his room neat, but he has been beaten down by loneliness and prejudicial treatment and now he is defensive to everything. He is also a planner, telling Lennie where he should go if there is trouble on the ranch. Curley punches Lennie several times, but Lennie does not fight back until George gives him permission, at which point Lennie crushes Curley's hand.
After this killing, Lennie flees from the ranch. You don't let me in your house to play cards, so why should I let you into my house? But I jus' don't know. Lennie, an animal lover at heart always takes pleasure from petting them. He is also interested once Candy and Lennie start conversating and forgets all about his mean self. Though Crooks was born in California not like many Southern blacks who had migrated, he implies , he is still always made to feel like an outsider, even in his home state. I don't know if I was asleep. They were seen as second class citizens to white people; for example they had to use worse facilities and had to work as maids for white people as it was extremely difficult to get jobs.
After a day of work, the men return to the bunkhouse. In my opinion Steinbeck drew the subject matter from his own experience of working on ranches, he was interested in special kinds of relationships among men working on ranches with him. Because of his difference in colour, he is secluded from the other ranch hands, including their activities. Rubbing his back' I believe Steinbeck is trying to show us something by doing this. This means for this scene between the two of them Crooks has more power of Lennie. Black people didn't have many rights in 1930s America.
This shows that, in contrast to the boss and Curley, he understands why George and Lennie are together. Steinbeck has included this to show that Crooks really does feel that he is just as important as the others no matter what they think and is keen that his rights are not overlooked. He is expected to respect people because of the colour of his skin although we know he was actually born in California where the novel was set. He kept quiet after the encounter, he was staying out of trouble. 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. Crooks, first of all, is the stable hand who works with the ranch horses.