What does the character of crooks show us what life was like in for a black man in 1930’s America.
In the 1930’s America was in one of the biggest depressions the country had ever seen thirteen million people became un-employed in nineteen thirty two. In 1929 about 5,000 banks went out of business. And there were two million people migrating around the country. This was a very harsh and uncertain time for American citizens. They didn’t know where
they were getting there next meal from. This was a very dark time. In my essay I will discuss how Steinbeck reveals the experiences of African American men through his depiction of crooks in his role in “of mice and men.
Whereas he introduced crooks from another persons perspective which meant he went into a lot more detail.
Steinbeck’s first description of crooks is on page 77 where he writes “the stable buck put his head, a lean nigero head lined with pain the eye patient” this means that crooks is a man beaten by the rest of the ranch and feels the pain which reflects on the rest of the farm there for we know that Steinbeck considers that the experience of black men like crooks being treated like animals and being deprived of there life all because of their race. On page 77 crooks tells slim that “lenny is messin around with the pups” he was trying to earn his loyalty back he has also chosen to victimise lenny because he sees him as an easy target. crooks may be trying to deflect attention away from his self so that he goes higher up in the ranks of the ranch. He also sees lenny as a lesser human being to him which could account for the fact that later on in the book crooks invites lenny in to his room all alone, if he had of asked any one else they would of told him to get lost.
In part 4 crooks tells us something about his childhood he lets us know that he has a happy childhood the quote that explains this is; “the white kids come to play at our house and sometimes I went to play with them, and some of them was pretty nice” Steinbeck’s trying to show us that kids don’t see the difference of ethnically divided people. And it...