Of mice and men; Curley's wife and Crooks

This is mainly on Crooks but I have written a little about Curley's Wife. 

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Curley's wife

Curley's wife is immediatly isolated from being apart of the ranch due to the fact that she is a woman, and back in the 1930's women were supposed to obey their husband, and do as they were told. But Curley's wife was different, everytime she would go into the Bunkhouse claiming that she was looking for Curley when in actual fact she was only looking for some company, as she is lonley and the only person that she can talk to is Curley, this is shown when she says "I get lonley. You can talk to people, but I can't talk to nobody but Curley. Else he get mad. How'd you like not to talk to anybody?" She is perhaps the most friendless person on the ranch and remote since she is only known as "Curleys' wife", and is not given a name conveying that she is hiding behind Curleys shadow, and nobody on the ranch wants to befrind her as they know that Curley is too dangerous. She has a low status because she is a woman. Steinbeck uses Curley's wife as a mouthpiece to portray how women are treated and how they should act, when in actual fact she is as normal as any other person on the ranch, but just because she is a woman she is treated differently.

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Crooks- Isolation

Crooks is displayed to be isolated from the rest of the men working on the ranch due to the fact that he's black. This is shown when it says "Crooks, the ***** stable buck, had his bunk in the harness room; a little shed that leaned off the walls of the barn...". This quote conveys that crooks lives in a seperate place from the other working men due to the fact that he is black. Crooks is also judged by his apperance, firstly he is called "Crooks" because he has a crooked back, and secondaly he is called "The stable buck *****" because he is black. The reason as to why Steinbeck hasn't given him a name also makes him remoteless, because he doesn't have any power and has low status. This displays the racism and discrimination that took place in the 1930's. 

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Crooks- Low status

Crooks attempts to stand-up for himself and he also tries to make him self seem like he has power, but he isn't taken seriously as Curley's wife as more power than him due to the fact that she is 
1. Curley's wife
2. A white woman:

"'I've had enough!' he said coldly. 'You got no rights comin' in a colored man's room. You got no right nessing around in here at all.Now you get out and get out quick." This illustrates that although crooks tried to take control, becuase he''s black nobody would want to hear what he would have to stay, and anything that he would have to say wouldn't be taken into account because he has such a low status. 

 "Yes, ma'am'. and his voice was toneless. For a moment she stood overhim as though waiting for him to move so that she could whip at him again."  This shows how he feels, it demonstrates that he feels little, worth nothing, and trapped, this proves how horribly black people were treated and how Crooks would have no say in the decisions that he wanted to make and everything was made for him just because of the fact that he was black. This manifests the lack of equality in the 1930s.

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