Racial Discrimination In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Racism is the notion that one race is essentially above to another. In the 1930s, life for black people was difficult due to racism. Racial discrimination was not illegal in 1930s America, therefore racism was still rampant at the time. Whites and blacks were segregated in 1930s. Blacks were considered as 2nd class citizens. In John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, racism is expressed through the character Crooks. The way the other workers and society treats Crooks in the novel shows the racism of the characters and how the different races act with one another. In John Steinbeck's inconceivable novel, he aims to demonstrate the affliction that is racial discrimination and its bind to migrant workers in the 1930s. The overall social changes …show more content…
Through the character of Crooks, Steinbeck relieves the polluting racism of America in the 1930s. Crooks takes care of the horses and does other work around the California ranch however Crooks is literally segregated from the others only because of the color of his skin. Racial discrimination is revealed at the end of chapter 4, when Curley’s wife invites herself into Crook’s room. Crooks does not want her in the room. As Curley’s wife enters Crook’s room she yells "Listen, nigger you know what I can do to you if you open your trap?" (4.116-117). Curley's wife doesn't feel anything for Crooks, she just sees Crooks as the one guy she can pick on. She vocally shows the dominance she has over Crooks and threatens to have him lynched. By being segregated from everyone, people on the ranch look and treat him differently. As stated in chapter 2 by the George, "Sure. Ya see the stable buck's a nigger." Nigger, huh? Yeah. Nice fella too. Got a crooked back where a horse kicked him. The boss gives him hell when he's mad. But the stable buck don't give a damn about that. He reads a lot. Got books in his room." (2.15-17). Steinbeck informs the reader that Crooks reads much more than the others. This shows there is more to Crooks, no one on the ranch notices that beside Lennie. John Steinbeck’s analysis of crooks’ powerlessness gives the reader an a explicit vision of the fear that is inflicted with