Rabbits are big enough for him to look after without hurting them. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy 'cause you was black. The spirit of doom prevails. He tells Lennie about his own life, recounting his early days on a chicken farm when white children visited and played with him. Of Mice and Men takes place in the 1930's of America during the Great Depression.
And, as in all of Steinbeck's Califomia fiction, setting plays a central role in determining the major themes of this work. He also mentioned that many men have come into the ranch with a big idea of getting land and building their farm. While this seems like an attainable dream in the beginning, Steinbeck chooses instead to destroy this dream utterly with the death of Lennie. In order to fit in, you need to be able to do the same things that others do, like play cards, however he is unable to do that because others won't give him the chance to fit in. In these scenes the dream seems more of a spell or placebo to keep the main characters safe than something that is really possible. Some may have short-term goals, and others may have life-long ambitions.
It is a dream of social order in which each man and woman should be able to achieve the fullest rank of which they are capable of, and be recognized for what they are, regardless of the circumstances of birth or position. Like all the others, he wants a place where he can be independent and have some security. He has long been the victim of oppressive violence and prejudice and has retired behind a facade of aloofness and reserve, his natural personality deadened and suppressed by years of antagonism. 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. Crooks named for his crooked back is the stable hand who works with the ranch horses. Crooks, being in the minority group of the farm, wants to be treated with the same amount of respect as the others, but he is continuously reminded that he is, and always will be black. Lennie unwittingly soothes Crooks into feeling at ease, and Candy even gets the man excited about the dream farm, to the point where Crooks could fancy himself worthy and equal enough to be in on the plan with the guys.
They often have no power fulfillment or credence to them even though we as humans put so much belief and effort in them. Crooks promises to work for nothing as long as he can live his life out there without the fear of being put out. This symbolizes that by choosing to not go to the ranch, Crooks remains the same as he was before, without any positive or negative gain whatsoever. She is able to crush him quickly, however, with the threat of a lynching- 'I could get you strung up in a tree so easy it ain't even funny. Although the plan seemed superb, it was ultimately flawed. He is saying that he is lonely and he doesn't like it. They are not certain that Bill wrote the letter, but Whit is convinced he did, and tries to convince the others.
You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose. As the dream is shared, or heard by more people, the more it seems that together they might make it come true. Steinbeck outlines this theme by employing symbolism and, via Curley's wife, a protagonist within the novella. But Lennie, due to his naïve nature, doesn't understand any of this. Sometimes these dreams become nightmares because of the hardships that are endured through the trials of life and society.
Crooks is a crippled man too and they were also looked down upon. Steinbeck uses the concept of dreams at once to show hope and aspiration, as they invoke companionship with united determination for a better future, and to illustrate the. They reveal how they hold onto their lost dreams from the past. Curley's wife changes Crooks's decision to go to the ranch when she reminds him that he has no place in society. It is their friendship that sustains this dream and makes it possible.
Steinbeck's novel centres around the exploits and happenings of a few men, and one women. This shows his trials he went through being a black man at the turn of the century. John Steinbeck portrays the effects that dreams, or lack of them, have on the lives of the characters and the outcome of the novel. Life in the 1930s was hard for everyone, but it was particularly hard for poor black men, who were often stuck doing the same work that their ancestors did under slavery but without even the minimal care of having food and clothing—instead, they got wages so low that they could barely survive. He lives in the barn by himself because of the racial discrimination of the white men on the ranch.
Lennie's brief interaction with Crooks reveals the complexity of racial prejudice in the northern California ranch life. Crooks undergoes severe racial predjudice throughout the book. This was his way of relieving the grief. It seems Crooks defines his own notion of himself not based on what he believes he's worth, but on knowing that no matter how he feels, others around him will always value him as less. He likes this idea because he likes to pet things and the small things he finds as he is travelling around, like mice, are too easily hurt or killed when he pets them heavily. Evidence: Crooks likes having people to keep him company.
After George and Candy witnessed the body of the motionless Curley's wife, they realized that Lennie has killed her. George thanks Slim for Lennie's new puppy. What was once the land of hope and optimism had become the land of despair. Great Depression, John Steinbeck, Novella 881 Words 3 Pages Of Mice and Men Regardless of how intensely the characters of this novel hope and dream, their plans do not find fulfillment. Crooks is the only black character in the novel, and during the time when the novel is set, racism was still very common.
The author, , is an English Language and Literature teacher and of ages 10-18 in the British education system. Crooks is a black stable buck with a crooked back from an incident with a horse. In this lesson, learn more about Crooks and how his situation ties into the major theme of loneliness in 'Of Mice and Men. He protects him and does what is necessary to keep him out of trouble. Therefore, this idea of having such power over their lives is a strong motivation. From the beginning Steinbeck skillfully uses Crooks as a tool to give the reader an insight to the reality of the American Dream and what 1930's America was like. Everybody has a dream to be happy and own their own land in the book.