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'Of Mice and Men'. The question is how does John Steinbeck tackle social issues in the novel through the use of Crooks. Includes direct quotations from the book.

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Of Mice and Men In the novel, Of Mice and Men, the author, John Steinbeck, takes a strong stance against many social issues. Steinbeck voices his opinions on controversial rights such as women 's rights and the treatment of migrant workers. One of the main points that Steinbeck addresses is his dislike for the treatment of African-Americans. He expresses his views through the hardship and turmoil of Crooks, the only African-American character in the novel. Crooks is looked down upon by his peers and is considered inferior by most due to the color of his skin. He is constantly harassed and beaten up by his boss and those he works with. Furthermore, Crooks is not even allowed to socialize or go into the living quarters of the other men. In…show more content…
The constant degradation of Crooks has destroyed hid hope and self-esteem. Crooks tells Lennie that at least he has someone like George. Crooks is jealous that he has never had a true friend and through years or hardships, thinks it impossible to make one. He goes on to tell Lennie that most people have a dream but no one is able to achieve. This further demonstrates the lack of faith and hope in Crooks due to the difficulties he has faced in his
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