Crooks-Character analysis

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    • Lonley
      • discrimated against-race
        • Segregated from the other men on the ranch
          • "they say I stink"
      • bitter
        • very cruel to Lennie, trying to get a reaction out of him
          • Protects himself when he realises that Lennie is powerful
          • Pessimistic about their dream farm
            • Has seen many men come and go on the ranch, all having the same "American Dream" None actually come true
              • For a small moment he wants to be apart of it
                • Until Curley's wife puts him in his place and he realises he is just a Nigger
                  • The only person Curley's wide has power over is crooks and she will use it in a harsh way
            • Asking Lennie what he would do without George
              • Jealous of their relationship
    • "Bust back nigger"
      • Ironic that he lives with the animals that gave him his injury
        • Segregated from the other men on the ranch
          • "they say I stink"
        • Shows the harsh reality of life in that time
          • "Boss gives him hell when he's angry"
            • Shows how powerless he is when he is shouted at for something that isn't even his problem/fault
        • Horses react to the atmosphere throughout the novella
    • Psycotic being alone for so long has made him mad
      • "A guy goes mad if he'd got no one to talk to"
    • Intelligent
      • Has the civil right code in his bunk along with many books and a pair of gold rimmed glasses
    • Section 4-when we really get to know what Crooks is like
      • Lennie is the only character to see past his race-simple minded
        • "They left all the weak ones here"
          • The only person Curley's wide has power over is crooks and she will use it in a harsh way
      • Talks to Lennie about how he used to play with the white kids when he was younger
        • Show that his dream is to be equal with the other men
          • Which we know is impossible due to the time-shows the harsh reality of ranch life
    • Proud, aloof man
      • Lets Lennie come in his room and talk to him, shows that he actually does want some company but being segregated all the time has made him very antisocial
        • "A guy goes mad if he'd got no one to talk to"

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