How does Steinback create sympathy for Crooks in Chapter 4?

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Please help need quotes and structure

Posted Mon 25th June, 2012 @ 22:54 by talhe

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Well crooks is the only African/American person to appear in the novel & because of the time period he wasn't treated the right way. Segregation was BIG back then & racism was high. Everyone in the ranch apart from Slim called him a 'n**ger'. So because of that he doesn't live with everyone else but lives in the barn like a farm animal.

Curley's wife also has a higher status than him even though she's a female, but because Curley's wife is white she has a higher authority. When Crooks answers back to her she says she can tie him to a tree so fast it 'ain't even funny'.

He isn't allowed to socialise with the men because of his colour & race & is constantly isolated. Because he lives with the farm animals you may want to make a comparison to them explaining how he lives like a farm animal & is isolated like them.

But he is a very intelligent man, he reads a lot of books, he has a dictionary at one point which he is reading. & he only has a few things in his barn, like oil for his back & some books, very minimal objects.

The only time he socialises is with Lennie & Candy & that's because they're outcasts like him because of their age & mentality, 

I guess we feel sympathy for him because this would never happen now a days, but it did back then so the reader feels a certain bit of sympathy towards him. You can also make up your own ideas to why people felt sorry for Crooks because that gets you marks! 

"S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy 'cause you were black... A guy needs somebody - to be near him... I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick."

Answered Thu 5th July, 2012 @ 10:05 by Beanie96
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I hope I helped I'm in year 11 atm, so my knowledge on Of Mice & Men is a little rusty. But feel free to ask me anything else if needed :)

Answered Thu 5th July, 2012 @ 10:06 by Beanie96