· Only Black man
· His race defines him, like Candy through age and Curley’s wife through gender
· Racist language-makes us sympathise
· Not the 1930’s stereotypical black man
Page 81 Line 1- “Had two brothers. They was always near me, always there……Had a strawberry patch. Had an alfalfa patch”
· There was sweetness in crooks life, represented by the strawberries
· Taken away from him- “Had” “Was”
· He had what everyone else wants. He realises that with society the way it it, so full of individualism, the dream is hopeless
· American dream is unachievable, and you need to work together and live in reality in order to make it work
Page 81 Line 18 “ I see hundreds of men come by the road an’ on the ranches…..an’ every damn one of ‘em’s got a little piece of land in his head……Nobody get’s to heaven, nobody get’s no land”
· Crooks has realised through his own personal experience that the American dream is unachievable
· Society has knocked him down so much that he has stopped dreaming-marginalisation
· We are told that the boss was frustrated and angry so gave ‘the stable buck hell’
· ‘Ya see the stable buck’s a ******.’ -Crooks will get blamed for everything and anything just because of his skin colour.
· Steinbeck shows the reader that this isn’t fair and we instantly feel sorry for Crooks even though we haven’t even met him yet.
· Despite being a ‘******’ Crooks is a ‘nice fella’
· The ‘boss gives him hell when he’s mad’ -the majority of white people in 1930’s America is extremely racist and evil
· Lonely and isolated because of the racism and prejudice Crooks faces.
· ‘And he had books too’(page 73) shows just how much time Crooks has by himself
· Nobody will speak to him or be his friend.
· Crooks is banished to the barn and is not allowed to sleep with the others in the…