Crooks' Alienation Essay

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CROOKS’ ALIENATION“Alienation as our present destiny is achieved only by outrageous violence perpetrated by human beings on human beings.” – R. D Laing 1927-1989, British Psychiatrist.The loneliness of an African American might be unrivaled by anything else. Hardly any African American had equal payment of a white person during the time of the Great Depression. The whole general society was racist. John Steinbeck shows this conflict in Of Mice and Men through Crooks, a stable buck with a handicap in his back. Crooks lives in near total isolation from company. Crooks is alienated in mainly three ways, the way he keeps to himself in his room, how he is very concerned about his dignity, and how he reprises because of his past.Crooks spends almost all of his free time, alone, in the harness room which is his sanctuary as well as prison. He is very possessive of his little room since it is one of the few things he owns.Lennie comes to Crooks’ room because all the other farm workers have gone into town. Lennie wanted some company so he went to Crooks. The stable buck shoots back “You go and get out of my room. I ain’t wanted in the bunk house and you ain’t wanted in my room” (68). This shows that Crooks is very protective of his rights. It could be compared to a street dog that fights away the others to have a tiny speck as his own. Crooks has a habit of taking revenging for what other people have done. Since Lennie is very vulnerable he is a natural target. Crooks’ has lots of pride and doesn’t want it to get nagged, so he acts aggressively. He can’t come into their place; they can’t come into his.Just before Lennie finally persuades the stable buck to let him in they talk about why Crooks is never included. They talk about the card games. Crooks angrily says “They say I stink. Well I tell you, you all of you stink to me” (68). Crooks is hurt by how the others treat him and for once shows it since only Lennie is around. He still doesn’t open himself completely to Lennie, he insults the other workers just as they insult him. Crooks wants to take out some anger from what people from the past have done to him, he takes out some of the anger on Lennie since he won’t strike out on him.Due to the fact that Crooks is locked away in his room, he is alienated since the others don’t see him often. Crooks doesn’t try - until Lennie comes - to actually make friends. Slim is an exclusion.Crooks does not show much respect o anyone on the ranch...

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