John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

1035 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
Being an outsider is the most difficult thing a person can undergo. In the book Of Mice and Men, almost all the characters have some sort of marginalisation with them which leads to loneliness. In this novel age, race, and employment status are used to marginalise the characters. The themes of the novel are important because they depict human life in a remarkable and comprehensive way relating to the dreams and constant struggles faced in life. All characters played in the novel Of Mice and Men are lonesome, living an empty everyday life consisting of mainly hard labor. The characters all live a very disheartening life, with the lack of happiness, love, hope and affection in their lives (Teachers.com).
Crooks is one of the characters John Steinbeck uses to inform readers about the marginalisation of the black community during the Great Depression. Crooks not being able to do things with the white people suggests the racial segregation that was going on when everything was segregated between black and white e.g in schools, in the buses, in the same house where they used to work together, and instead, black people had to live in barns.This is known when Crooks talks with Lennie and Lennie asks him, “Why ain’t you wanted (in the bunkhouse)?’ ‘Cause I’m black. They play cards in there but I can’t because I’m black. They say I stink. Well, I tell you, all you stink to me” ( John Steinbeck 68). He is separated from living in the bunkhouse, and instead, he lives in a barn which the…

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