Of Mice And Men Crooks Character Analysis

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Crooks: The Lone Rancher The great Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Segregation...not only harms one physically but injures one spiritually...It scars the soul...It is a system which forever stares the segregated in the face, saying ‘You are less than...’‘You are not equal to…’”(azquotes.com). Crooks from Of Mice and Men is truly represented by this quote through the writing of author John Steinbeck. The time period of Of Mice and Men is very racially segregated, ergo, Crooks, an African American is separated from and discriminated against by the whites. As Dr. King said, Crooks’ segregation from the other ranch workers shows that he is not equal to the others and harms him spiritually. Crooks understands his role on the ranch, yet he somewhat yearns for a friend, as he has been alone for a very long time. Crooks is the most alienated character in Of Mice and Men as displayed through his separation from the group, as well as his treatment by others. Steinbeck specifically writes him as the one who is most clearly segregated from everyone else and the most discriminated against. Crooks is physically separated from the rest of the workers and placed in a worse place in society. His bunk is not in the room where the white ranch workers sleep, yet instead, he sleeps in a shed connected to the barn. Although he is separated from everyone else, Crooks still has roomates. "In the harness room; a little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn...Crooks’ bunk was a long box
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