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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 womens 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 the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Crooks is harassed and discriminated against by his peers forced to live in a harsh environment and loses his hope and faith for he future because of his race Crooks is tortured and looked down upon by the people he works with He cannot even go into the bunk house and play rummy cause he is black However once a year around Christmas time They let the nigger come in and beat up on him Crooks is looked upon as something lower than human He is treated with neither dignity nor respect Furthermore whenever the owner of the ranch is angry or upset he takes out his anger on Crooks by beating him up He continues to harass Crooks until his anger subsides The boss would not be able to do this to any other person however he can get away with doing this to Crooks because torturing African-Americans is accepted in their society In the eyes of his fellow workers Crooks is viewed as something below human The environment Crooks lives in is also horrible Although Crooks gets his own room it
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