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Crooks Character Analysis In John Steinbecks novel Of Mice and Men the character named Crooks was segregated from the other men because he is black This caused him to be lonely He was forced to sleep in a separate bunk than the others Trapped in solitude all night long he resorts to books as his only companion Trying to portray himself as proud and aloof by his own will but inside is happy to be around the other men Crooks first tried to make Lennie leave his room but then he decided that Lennie would not understand and that he actually wanted someone to talk with During his conversation with Lennie Crooks reveals his loneliness on the ranch I seen it over an over a guy talkin to another guy and it dont make no difference if he dont hear or understand Although he is talking to Lennie about George he is actually speaking of his own life He needs someone someone to talk with a friend After Lennie explains his dream to Crooks he says he would work free Later he decides that he does not want to face rejection I dont wanna go to no place like that Id never wanna go to a place like that Crooks is also a proud man sometimes causing him to forget his lack of authority of the ranch Crooks grew up on a farm owned by his father where he was respected as an equal to the white men Now on this ranch on California he is discriminated against and segregated His pride is shown when he defends Lennie against Curleys wife but when she lashed out at him he knows he must back down or face the consequences Those consequences would probably be being lynched Inside he knows he is equal to every other man on the ranch but if he expressed these thoughts he would probably be forced out of
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