"Of Mice and Men" Character Profile- Crooks

A charcter analysis of Crooks, a protagonist of the novel "Of Mice and Men"

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Character profile- Crooks
Crooks has suffered and been treated differently because he's black. He may not appear
much on the book but he says some important things. IN fact, the whole of chapter four is
set in his room.
Only Crooks has his own room
Crooks room is small, basic and functional. But it's homely and it's his own- It's full of
his possessions.
From his possessions (rubber boots, an alarm clock and a shotgun) we can tell that
he's practical and active. His books show that he reads and thinks, too. This is the
first sign that he'll be a fully developed character with a personality and a
People who try to come into his room get a frosty reception. Privacy is one of the
few rights he has.
Crooks hides his loneliness by being proud and aloof. He tries to show that it
doesn't affect him, but Steinbeck makes it clear to the reader that it does.
Crooks is a victim of racisim
Crooks is the only black man in the book. He's excluded from the bunk house
because the other workers say he smells. He's lonely and he misses the company
of other people- he says "a guy needs somebody- to be near him."
His loneliness makes him bitter and he seems jealous of George and Lennie's
friendship. In chapter four he tries to make Lennie feel as lonely as he does by
suggesting that George might leave him.
Steinbeck is showing how black people were usually treated in America in the
He's a survivor- but has little power in the ranch
Crooks is good at his job and he's the best at the horseshoe game. But he's at the
bottom of the pile of ranch workers.
Because Crooks is black, he can't hope to ever have power. When Lennie tells him
about the dream farm he offers to work there for free. This is because life on the
farm would give him dignity, which he doesn't have now.
The dream has a powerful effect on Crooks- it gives him the courage to stand up
to Curley's wife. However, it becomes clear how fragile his confidence is when she
threatens to have him hung and he tries to make himself invisible- he "reduced
himself to nothing".
Crooks is...
o Proud: "a proud, aloof man."
o Cynical: "Nobody gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land."
o Vulnerable: "I could get you strung up so easy it ain't even funny."


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