The 1930s was a time period in which racial discrimination played a vital role in the lives of minorities.
Around this time period many men were rovers, or men who wandered in search of work. These men were often very
lonely. In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Crooks, a black stable buck, endures alienation due to racial
discrimination. Racial discrimination also hinders him from any type of success. Despite the hardships, he overcomes
these obstacles and faces this struggle head on.
Forced into isolationism, due to segregation, alienation becomes Crooks’ companion. On an attempt for his
alienation to be broken, Lennie walks into Crooks’ room “smiled ...view middle of the document...
Curley’s wife is also very
lonely (just as the men are). The men do not want any trouble so Crooks tells her, “Maybe you better go along to
your house now, we don’t want no trouble”(84)...”You ain’t got no rights in a colored man’s room”(88). She does
not have the right to be in his room. Neither of the men want to be in any type of trouble with the boss or Curley, His
son, because she decided to go into Crooks’ room. But all of a sudden she becomes furious and exclaims, “Listen,
Nigger, you know what I can do to you if you open your trap?...you keep your place then Nigger. I could get you
strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny”(88). Curley’s wife demeans Crooks. he knows that with just one
word, she could have him lynched. Ironically Candy takes up for Crooks telling her, “You better go home now...If you
go right now nobody will tell Curley you were here”(88). Undeniably after Curley’s wife spoke those hurtful words,
Crooks manhood is disempowered and he excepts his role as a black man.
This incident can be expressed by Langston Hughes” poem “Uncle Tom”. The poem says...
“Within--/The beaten pride./Without--/The grinning face,/The low, obsequious,/Double bow,/ The sly and servile
grace/Of one the white folks/Long ago/ taught well/To know his/Place.” “Uncle Tom” is a term often used to refer
black people, black men in particular, who “act” white or act the way white people want them to. Crooks is “a proud
aloof man”(74). He is not an...