In Of Mice and Men, what five objects in the description of the harness room does Steinbeck use to reflect Crooks?List five objects from the opening paragraphs describing the harness room and write...

In Of Mice and Men, what five objects in the description of the harness room does Steinbeck use to reflect Crooks?

List five objects from the opening paragraphs describing the harness room and write what you think each one says about Crookd (pages 66-74).

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Every time an author introduces a character, they try to tell us enough to help us know what is coming up.

I noticed immediately the "apple box over his bunk, and in it a range of medicine bottles, both for himself and the horses." I think this demonstrates that he is not only ethnically different from everybody, but he also struggles phyically in a variety of ways because it cites several bottles not just one.

The text notes in particular,

"Crooks could leave his things about, and being a being a stable buck and a cripple, he was more permanent than the other men, and he had accumulated more pssessions than he could carry on his own back."

I think this shows that he's not like the other guys in a different way than the guys would point out. Usually their separation is because of race. But Crooks has earned a loyalty from the boss. He has permanance, as shown through the multiple items he has gathered.

Crooks had,

"books, too; a tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the California civil code for 1905."

This shows Crooks was literate. Who has books and can't read them? Crooks must have had intellect over the other men too... this would have caused problems.

Unlike other men, "Crooks possessed several pairs of shoes, a pair of rubber boots, a big alarm clock and a single-barreled shotgun." These are so many items! Steinbeck portrays Crooks as the black man in the story on the surface level, but I think if you take it to the next level of depth you can see that he has many qualities that would cause the other men to be jealous.

 

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