How does Steinbeck create sympathy for Crooks in Of Mice and Men?

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Steinbeck shows sympathy for the character of Crooks in Of Mice and Men in a variety of ways. Crooks is described by the other ranch hands as being the only black man at the ranch. The racial slurs of that particular time, the "n" word, is applied to him by the other workers at the ranch. It's interesting that despite many of the workers being migrant workers and relatively transient, they all still look down upon him as being lesser than they are solely due to the color of his skin. 

When Lennie approaches Crooks in his room, Crooks initially shies away from having any contact with him.

Crooks scowled, but Lennie's disarming smile...

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