The New York World 's Fair Corporation

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What is average? In the 1930’s, the New York World’s Fair Corporation conducted a competition across America to answer a very similar question. They wanted to define what the average American family was. The winners? A family by the name of the Leathers, who lived in Texas. They were white, able-bodied, with two parents, two children, and the breadmaker of the house was a man. Other finalists in the competition paralleled the Leathers in almost every regard. When using this contest as a foundation for the definition of average, it shows how average is not diverse and rather exclusive. The contest completely disregarded the diverse people who make America the melting pot of the world. This is one of many themes that American author, John …show more content…

Throughout the novella, Crooks is shown to be treated horrendously. The only reason he is treated in such a way, is due to the color of his skin. For instance, Crooks is regularly not allowed in the bunkhouse, however, one time he is. It was during Christmas, and the men had been given a bottle of whiskey. They became drunk and it is at this point that Crooks is attacked. Steinbeck writes, “‘They let [Crooks] come in that night. Little skinner [by the] name of Smitty took after [him]...The guys wouldn’t let him use his feet. If he coulda used his feet, Smitty says he would have killed [Crooks]’” (20). There is no logical reason for Smitty to be provoked into harming Crooks. Crooks is at the bottom of the social ladder and physically disabled. He possesses nothing for Smitty to be jealous of, like a girl, money, or property, yet Smitty still harms him. This emphasizes how Smitty sees Crooks as nothing better than a punching bag; something easily replaceable and of little to no value. Not only this, but Smitty says he has no regrets for attacking Crooks. In fact, Smitty confessing, “[I] would have killed [him]” (20), displays pride in the act of almost killing another person. This pride is similar to that of a hunter killing an animal. Even more frightening, this is not an isolated incident. Later, Crooks is threatened again, when Curley’s wife says, “Well, you keep your place then [‘n’

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