George blames Lennie for him being lonely ?I could get a girl, shoot some pool and stay at the cat house? George seems to be in denial as even if Lennie wasn?t there he wouldn?t be able to get all those things because of the depression 1929. Loneliness has made Crook's a very bitter and isolated man. He is truly not able to leave this situation because of his race. The other men at the ranch do not communicate with Crooks unless he is working because he is black.
I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick" (pg. 's 72-73) Even if nobody treated him like an outcast, or in other words called him a nigger and pushed him around, he had to feel like one. The above quote explains what Crooks felt loneliness could do to a man. The other men on the ranch also treat Curley's wife, who is never given a name, poorly. She is always looking for attention and flirting with them, and this turns them off immensely.
She has no female friends on the ranch leading her only option to talking to men on the ranch. Curley is an aggressive guy and doesn’t like the fact that his wife is out of the house all the time. In the beginning of the book, Steinbeck introduces the idea of loneliness by how men work on ranches living temporary lives, with no goal in life. Although Lennie’s and George’s goal is to have their own land and have all different types of animals and of course “how I get to tend the rabbits” says Lennie (pg. 14).
They discriminated against him by forcing Crooks to live in a tiny shed across from their bunkhouse. Since Crooks was isolated because he was black, this led to him feeling very lonely. “‘S’pose you didn't have ... ... middle of paper ... ...vel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the author clearly shows how men treat each other unfairly through three of the story’s characters. Each character represented discrimination in a different way: through racism, sexism, and ageism. Crooks was excluded from activities because he was black, Candy was thought of as useless because he was old, and Curley’s wife was seen as a troublemaker because she was a woman.
The men also thought that because he was an African American that he smelt bad, like an animal. To make things even worse, they made him sleep apart from the other men, near the stables. The whites thought that he came from so foreign land, like an exotic animal that was unwanted, so they didn’t know how to communicate with him. The discriminatory actions of the whites made Crooks hostile. Another victim of discrimination in Of Mice and Men is Cur... ... middle of paper ... ...as beaten, used as punching bag for the boss.
Speaking of isolation, curley's wife feels very isolated because her husband, Curley, doesn't trust her at all, however, because Curley is so strict and concerned about her flirting with other guys it almost fuels her desire to cause trouble. The dream of owning a farm and "living off the fatta the land" originally started as a story just to keep Lennie quiet but because of Lennie constantly asking George to tell him the story kept the dream alive. One time in the bunkhouse, George was re -telling this story when candy overheard it. Candy fears that because he is getting old and has one crippled hand that any day soon he is going to be asked to leave... ... middle of paper ... ...od to himself. During this scene, you get to really see how their friendship, the bravery and courage of George and the shear companionship that they had drove George to do what he did.
Steinbeck renders Lennie as a good hearted person who is subjected to difficulties due to his mental deficiency. The workers all look down upon him because they immediately consider him to be vacuous, and, therefore, a bad person. When he kills Curley’s wife, George, his only companion on the farm, defends him by pleading, “Lennie never done it in meanness...All the time he done bad things, but he never done one of ‘em mean” (Steinbeck 92). Everyone is quick to raise the metaphorical pitchfork against Lennie due to preconceived notions of assuming he lacks character. The way other people treat him shows how cruel human nature is because, at the core, he is a kind hearted person with good intentions.
In this conversation between Lennie and African - American stable buck Crooks, Crooks explains why he could not accepted to play cards together with other ranch hands. The fact that other ranch hands discriminate Crooks because of his skin colour is one of the important examples that prove social belief that race was one factor to determine a person’s value in Depression era. Crooks was isolated. This isolation prevented Crooks ... ... middle of paper ... ...ntally disabled people prevented Lennie from being trusted and be respected as a human being. In this novel, discrimination that Lennie had to face prevented him from showing his abilities.
The characters of Crooks, Curley’s wife and the disabled ranch hand Candy, each portray a sense of isolation and loneliness because each is uniquely different from the other characters living on the ranch. By focusing on discrimination due to race, Steinbeck formed the character of Crooks as one of the loneliest characters on the ranch. Because Crooks was black, many people on the ranch considered him to be a “nigger” and therefore, only good enough to work on the ranch as a stable buck. In addition, the deformity of Crooks’ back does not allow him to work alongside the other workers in the fields, thereby starving him of an opportunity for human contact. Bitter from all of the year... ... middle of paper ... ...eorge’s “American Dream” sensing that it was too good to be true.
When they arrived at a ranch many felt intimidated and overwhelmed by the situation. Those in positions of power looked down on the migrant workers and treated them with little or no respect simply because of their lifestyle and poverty. There was also a lot of prejudice towards the black population of America. White people saw themselves as being more important, and thus treated black people with disrespect. In more extreme cases physical violence towards the black people displayed the superiority of the white people.