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No Hope For His Dreams Essay

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In the novella, the book illustrates the isolated and lonely life on a ranch during the 1930’s. In the beginning, Steinbeck introduces the idea of loneliness and men who work on ranches and farmers who have no drive to succeed. Throughout the book, he also stresses the importance of friendship. Crooks is the only one who is forced to live in a room by himself. Even though he is the only one separated from the others, he is the most skilled at all the games they play and works harder than everyone on the ranch. Crooks is a character on the ranch who suffers from severe loneliness because of his race and the environment being very discriminatory, which causes him to be the most isolated from the rest.
Crooks lives by himself because the other men do not like him. He does not take part in any of the social activities on the ranch and is completely left out. He is left out because he is black and has a hurt back. Crooks takes strong offence from the idea that he is not allowed in the bunk house, so he believes the white men are not allowed in his room. Lennie enters Crooks’ room while visiting his puppy, and says, "You got no right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me" (Steinbeck 68). Crooks acknowledges Lennie, but does not really let him until he figures Lennie is harmless. It has been the first time Crooks has had legitimate company in many years. Since he has not had company in so long he is not looking to bond with Lennie because he feels no need to have a companion.
Crooks resorts to books because he is so lonely. He collects books to have an escape route from all the isolation from the others. He is so desperate to find a friend he can talk to, but really never shows it. Loneliness has made Crooks hostile, and he takes his anger out on Lennie by telling him George will never come back for him. Crooks tells Lennie the importance of a friend, "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is,...

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