Slim is greatly respected by many of the characters and is the only character whom Curley treats with respect. Crooks is bookish and likes to keep his room neat, but he has been so beaten down by loneliness and prejudicial treatment of that he is now suspicious of any kindness he receives.
Curley's wife is lonely because her husband is not the friend she hoped for—she deals with her loneliness by flirting with the men on the ranch, which causes Curley to increase his abusiveness and jealousy. They hope to one day attain the dream of settling down on their own piece of land.
Loneliness is a significant factor in several characters' lives. Structured in three acts of two chapters each, it is intended to be both a novella and a script for a play. Multiply Crooks a million times, and Steinbeck is pointing out the barriers and artificial obstacles people and society build against each other.
Try to understand each other. George hurries to find Lennie, hoping he will be at the meeting place they designated in case he got into trouble.
Candy, while around the place all the time, has never been in Crooks' room. He lives by himself because he is the only black man on the ranch. The fact that Crooks is briefly mentioned before his thorough description suggests that he is not a particularly important character because Steinbeck does not feel the need to describe him before this point.
He is isolated from others' in the bunkhouse because of his race, not by choice. Crooks is the stable hand who takes care of the horses and lives by himself because he is the only black man on the ranch.
He has gold-rimmed spectacles to read reading, after all, is a solitary experience. Curley's flirtatious and provocative wife, to whom Lennie is instantly attracted, poses a problem as well.
After being hired at a farm, the pair are confronted by Curley—The Boss's small, aggressive son with a Napoleon complex who dislikes larger men, and starts to target Lennie. Crooks also has pride. Therefore he tries to find some security for his future with the dream farm of Lennie and George, which seems the perfect place for a better future… for everyone.
Crooks, jealous of Lennie having a friend to spend his life with, scares him and makes up the story of George leaving him. As George, Candy and Crooks are positive, action- oriented characters, they wish to purchase a homestead, but because of the Depression, they are unable to generate enough money.
Steinbeck has included this to show that Crooks really does feel that he is just as important as the others no matter what they think and is keen that his rights are not overlooked. He is described by others, with some irony, as "handy", partly because he likes to keep a glove filled with vaseline on his left hand.Crooks scowled, but Lennie's disarming smile defeated him.
"Come on in and set a while," Crooks said. "'Long as you won't get out and leave me alone, you might as well set down." His tone was a little more friendly. () Crooks has been lonely and friendless for so long that he almost can't deal.
Crooks' room is a masterpiece of understatement, and its very nature shows how Crooks is different from the other ranch hands. Much of the room is filled with boxes, bottles, harnesses, leather tools, and other accouterments of his job.
A secondary school revision resource for GCSE English Literature about the characters in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Crooks is the black stable hand or buck.
Crooks. Crooks is a lively, sharp-witted, black stable-hand, who takes his name from his crooked back. Like most of the characters in the story, he admits that he is extremely lonely.
Perhaps what Crooks wants more than anything else is a sense of belonging—to enjoy simple pleasures such as the right to enter the bunkhouse or to play cards with the other men.
This desire would explain why, even though he has reason to doubt George and Lennie’s talk about the farm that they want to own, Crooks cannot help but ask if there. In Chapter 4 of “Of Mice and Men”, Steinbeck, introduces the character of Crooks by describing his room in the horse stable and his belongings.
Steinbeck’s use of describing the setting doesn’t only lets us know where the characters are but in this case it lets us know who the character is.Download