The Power Of Crooks In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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In John Steinbeck’s book Of Mice and Men Crooks and Curley's wife are alone, ignored, and powerless almost throughout the whole book. Crooks tries to make Lennie leave immediately when Lennie walks in by saying "You got no right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me." (68) This shows Crooks using the little authority he has, over his own room, because it's the only power he has. After all he’s a man of color in the 1930s, back then they weren’t slaves anymore, but there was heavy discrimination. Curley’s wife has the same feelings that when she walks in she must control the situation. Doing so by demonstrating her significantly larger amount of power. When things go awry she starts to lash out at Crooks.