What does it say about Crook's stable barn in Mice and Men?for an essay

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Crooks room is fashioned from a corner of the stable – it is a harness room. He keeps the broken harnesses and equipment to mend them neatly on pegs on the wall. He is not allowed to be in the bunkhouse because he is black. He has a few more possessions than the other ranch hands, as he seems to be a more permanent fixture at the ranch. He has reading glasses, books and a light, which indicates that he is usually alone. The books he has indicate a desire to be eloquent (a dictionary) and informed of his rights (the California state penal code). Both of these books are ironic because he has little chance to express himself verbally as he is so shunned by the other workers. Also, he is little more than a slave on the ranch, even though he protests his rights ‘I have a right to have a light’. Crooks also has the liniment which he rubs into his back.

Crooks does not enjoy his isolation in the barn - 

Books ain't no good. A guy needs somebody-to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody.’

He initially protests at Lennie and Candy visiting but obviously enjoys the company despite the imposition. His position is typical of the loneliness experienced by the characters in the text and the separate room exemplifies his isolation.