Of mice and Men
Symbol: Crook's Hut
Crooks is isolated at the ranch. He doesn't live in the bunkhouse with the other men, instead he lives in a shed off the barn. He keeps his small room clean, because " Crooks was a proud, aloof man"(pg. 67). There is also evidence of Crooks being rather intelligent, as some of his few possesions include books. Understandably, he is bitter towards Lennie when Lennie tries to come into his room; he knows that he is an outsider and tells Lennie "I ain't wanted in the bunkhouse, and you ain't wanted in my room" (pg.68).
Crooks is essentially the same as the other men working on the ranch, but is treated very differently. He is lonely and well aware of what the others think of him. Crook's little room symbolizes isolation and loneliness. Crooks is not the only one who experiences this. Curley's wife is isolated too, being the only woman on the ranch. It is only fitting that Crooks' room is where all the outcasts on the ranch find each other in chapter four.
At the beginning of this chapter there is no friendship to speak of between Lennie, Candy, and Crooks. By the end of the chapter though these three start to understand that they are very similar: they are the outcasted men of the ranch. While Crooks was originally annoyed when Lennie first came to visit, they (and Candy) end up protecting each other when Curley's wife comes to the hut. They are also all able to share George and Lennie's dream of owning property. In this way a kinship is brought to these three men.
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