Criminals in of Mice and Men
“Check out and annotate the passage and blog about how Steinbeck utilizes information to present Scoundrels in this extract. Explain the significance of what the reader discovers here in regards to the unique as a whole” In the very first 4 paragraphs of Chapter four, the reader is already aware of how lonesome and damaged, both physically and mentally, Crooks is. Nevertheless, he is clever and happy. Crooks, “the negro steady dollar” is limited from interacting with the other employees as he had “his bunk in the harness space” which implies that he is isolated from the other employees.
The truth that he is the only black worker on the cattle ranch shows him to be of some insignificance, meaning that he is not important adequate to have a home separated from the working environment. The way he is so ostracised results in his lonesomeness; he resents this. The beginning of the 2nd paragraph of Chapter 4 informs the reader of Scoundrel’s possessions and their significance to his specific qualities.
It becomes clear that he owns “a big alarm clock, and a single-barrelled shot-gun”, the reality that he owns an alarm clock might recommend that he likes to be on time and is constantly cautious and knowledgeable about his surroundings. The single-barrelled shot-gun suggests that he feels the need to secure himself and that he resides in continuous threat. There are lots of aspects of Crooks personality that shine through within the chapter. He owns “a mauled copy of the California civil code for 1905” which insinuates that he is interested in his rights nevertheless, they are outdated and not of great use; much the same as his “damaged magazines”.
In addition to this it appears from the reality that he “kept his distance and required that other people kept theirs” that he prefers to keep himself to himself; this might be because he knows that when in other people’s company it might bring bigotry and bias. It could likewise imply that he is frightened to trust people. The verb ‘demanded’ is extreme and shows that he is extremely eager to let people know not to enter into his business. Additionally, a physical description of Crooks is provided and permits the reader to find out even more about his character.
His “pain-tightened lips” could provide the impression that he has lead a life of pain and perhaps he isn’t the nicest of men. After this, it becomes obvious from the “noise of moving horses” that the other employees on the cattle ranch have actually left for town, nevertheless yet once again Crooks has been segregated and was unable to join them. The only thing that he is able to do is remain in his bunk, this tells us that he is declined in the society.
The imagery of “a small electrical world threw a meagre yellow light” also highlights his isolation, the contrast on the faint, still light within the barn and the vibrant sounds in the dark outside create a sense of rejection and desertion. Criminals’ privacy can be understood through his damaged nature. It is mentioned earlier within the chapter that he has a broken back and lots of items within his space are harmed as well, such as the “broken harness”, “split collar” and “broken hame”; all of which represent Crooks.
He too is a broken part of society in which nobody cares for. What the reader learns about Scoundrels from this extract from Chapter four is very important for the unique as an entire due to the fact that it allows them to know of his nature, personality and how he is dealt with within the ranch. He is depicted as a man who appears to be well structured and organised, considering that he keeps his space tidy at all times. He is the only cattle ranch worker who has his own room, though not out of his individual option. Also, he is aloof and appears to get a kick out of being unaccompanied.
This comes as a consequence of being constantly pushed away by the rest of the employees due to the colour of his skin; they simply do not appear to bond with him, or he with them. As a result of this, Crooks has developed a protective manner that makes him rough, irritable, and apparently happy to be an outsider. Hence, the reader has an idea of what to expect later on in the novel if any of the other men were to approach him and enhances their understanding of how on the ranch, personalities may clash and the men are on their own.