Characteristics Of Crooks In Of Mice And Men

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The book “Of Mice and Men” explores the basic relationships of Americans in the 1930’s. George and Lennie, the main characters come to a ranch and interact with the people that live there, including Crooks and Curley’s wife. They end up in a situation where George must shoot Lennie to spare him the repercussions of accidentally killing Curley’s wife. A theme that is present throughout the novella is the American Dream, a goal that is not achievable to Crooks, a black man, and Curley’s wife because of their physical traits. Even though Curley’s wife acted the way she did because she was lonely and didn’t have another woman to talk to, Crooks is a more sympathetic character because in addition to being lonely, Crooks has a disability, which causes the audience to feel sorry for him. Curley’s wife’s demise is in her own hands for being so …show more content…
At one point, Curley’s wife comes to Crooks room after the other men have left to a brothel. There, she finds Lennie, Crooks and Candy, an elderly man who is missing a hand. She tries to talk to them, but says mean and offensive things, causing the group to try and get her to leave. From there, she goes from almost pleasant to sounding like a furious fish wife berating her husband for spending money: “Her face grew angry. What’s a matter with me she cried. Ain’t I got a right to talk to nobody? Whatta they think I am anyway?” (p.78). This simple sentence reveals her inaptitude to take blame onto herself. Despite the fact that it was her own words and actions that led the men to reject her presence, she makes herself out to be the victim, pointing the conversation back to herself using whatever methods necessary. In fact, there is not a single conversation she is in that doesn’t end with her being the main subject. These narcissistic traits do not appear in Crooks, another character who is also lonely, with no other black men to talk

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