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Symbol: Reconciliation In chapter four, a form of reconciliation is made between Crooks and some characters (at least temporarily). Crooks is approached by Lennie who wants some company. Crooks' first response is to tell Lennie to go away, but is swayed into conversation due to his similar lust for company. Eventually Crooks, Lennie, and Candy are all conversing about their dreams, a nice break for Crooks from segregation and racism.
Theme: Loneliness Crooks is shown to be a particularly lonely character in chapter 4. He is bitter in response to Lennies attempt at conversation, and when conversation ensues, he reminisces about past days where he didn't face the discrimination he now does.
Characterization: Crooks In chapter 4, insight is given on Crooks' past life. Originally, he is introduced as the negro stable buck, and simply that. His conversation with Lennie however changes the readers perspective. Instead of the initial inhumane portrayal, Steinbeck gives detail on how Crooks grew up in the only black family in his area. Detail is also given on Crooks opinions such as telling Lennie if he isn't allowed in their room, Lennie isn't allowed in his - a retaliation to discrimination. Visually Crooks is an older african-american man with a bent spine, but Crooks is a very motivating character that faces, in my opinion, harsher problems than any other character in the novel.
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