S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy `cuase you was black...A guy needs somebody--to be near him." Crooks has never been treated well by anyone because he is black. This has affected Crooks. Crooks's was shocked when... ... middle of paper ... ..."I tried Aunt Clara, ma'am.
S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy ‘cause you was black...A guy needs somebody--to be near him". In a way, everyone needs someone to talk to, whether it is a friend, family member, or even a pet. This is a source of comfort and wealth for the person. Crooks does not have any of these sources. Crooks has never been treated well by any of his co-workers because he is black.
Not only that, but it reveals he refers to himself only as “a guy on a ranch.” Both of these show he does not consider himself a close friend of anyone, keeping his distance and not sharing his inner-most thoughts with anybody. A definition of loneliness is “without companions; solitary.” In Candy’s case, he doesn’t ev... ... middle of paper ... ...dy felt it as families were separated to go and find work. Even today these feelings are prevalent as jobs are thinning and people go farther away from their families to find income. Husbands and wives may be separated for long bouts of time, and loneliness sets in quickly for each. Many of Steinbeck’s readers may feel this as well, and can relate to this feeling when the characters experience it in the novel.
They are driven towards the curiosity of George and Lennie's friendship because they do not have that support in their life. Through his novel, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck demonstrates that often times, a victim of isolation will have a never-ending search to fulfill a friendship. "Crooks is a black man that experiences isolation because the society in which he resides is racist. As a result, the previous quote was his means of finding a personal connection to Lennie. Like Lennie, Crooks has a "relationship" with loneliness.
However even if Lennie cures some of George’s loneliness, he is a constant trouble to him, which makes George constantly on a move, without a fixed job. This does make George lonelier-, as he has no fixed relations. We know this from the fact that he plays solitaire. Solitaire symbolises solitude. George very often quotes, “We ranch workers are the loneliest in the world.” However being with Lennie helps him to get rid of some of his loneliness.
He is forced to live alone in a barn, where he lives his life in isolation because of his colour, which was an issue in those days. When Lennie visits him in the room, Crooks' reactions reveal the fact that he is lonely. As a black man with a physical handicap, Crooks is forced to live on the border of ranch life. He is not even allowed to enter the white men's bunkhouse, or join them in a game of cards. His resentment typically comes out through his bitter, sad, and touching vulnerability, as he tells Lennie: “…A guy needs somebody to be nea... ... middle of paper ... ...ch seems to disappear when narrating the story of the farm to Lennie.
S’pose you couldn’t go into the bunk house and play rummy ‘cause you was black. How’d you like that?”(68). Crooks feels that he doesn’t have nobody so he is explaining how he has things for his life and wishes he could have somebody who cared about him in his life. No body in the book really cares for Crooks because he is different so everyone is in the bunk house except for him playing rummy while he is sitting inside his room all by himself. To let the reader know how Crooks fells Steinbeck uses characterization to show how Crooks thinks and feels.
Steinbeck emphasises loneliness, powerlessness, and isolation, and his hatred for it throughout the book. He contrasts this with the companionship of George and Lennie. They are the only men who actually travel together, and this is proved by the way everyone is suspicious of their friendship, for example when they come to get the job at the ranch the boss says: “you got a stake in him? !” He thinks that George must be taking Lennie’s pay because it is so unusual. If not for each other, then George and Lennie would be all alone, with no friends, like all the men like them, who are itinerant workers - working from ranch to ranch without making any friends, and living a solitary life.
Crooks is a black man that lives all by himself because of his skin color. He was not wanted in the other man’s bunk and no other man come to his bunk, I ain’t wanted in the bunk house, and you ain’t wanted in my room” (34). One day when Lennie was looking for his pup he stopped at Crooks bunk and Crooks told Lennie that he was not welcome in his bunk. Crooks changes mind and let Lennie in, they began to talk. Lennie told him about his dream about the farm and he had a desire to share the dream with Lennie, George and
Crooks is so isolated from the rest of the workers that he says he “can't” play cards, not that he isn't allowed to, which means that the racial boundary is like a wall Crooks cannot cross. Because he is black, Crooks believes that he cannot play cards with the white men. He can't get over the racial boundary, and believes he will be forever separated from the white men. In the beginning of chapter 4, Steinbeck describes Crooks' living space. “Crooks, the Negro stable buck, had his bunk in the harness room; a little shed that leaned off the... ... middle of paper ... ...cause they have each other, and aren't alone like other workers, they are capable of doing to much more, such as their dream of “'[living] off the fatta the lan''” (14).