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Why does Crooks think that George and Lennie's dream is just foolish?

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Posted January 28, 2013 at 4:10 PM via iOS

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Why does Crooks think that George and Lennie's dream is just foolish?

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted January 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM (Answer #1)

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Crooks thinks this because, he says, he's seen too many people with similar dreams which just fail. He thinks that dreams never come true for anybody. His life experiences have made him rather bitter and cynical; he's come to the conclusion that life is a hard and dreary business. After all,  he has been a victim of racism all his life, and he has no company at the ranch, being the only black worker there. Furthermore, like Candy, he is disabled after an accident. It is not surprising if his outlook on life tends to be negative. Even so, he is briefly drawn into considering the project along with Lennie and Candy, being carried away by their enthusiasm. However, he soon goes back on this, and returns to his lonely, bleak life in his little room.

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