Crooks tries to state his rights, ‘You got no rights comin’ in a colored man’s room,’ but Curley’s Wife is not content with a ‘nigger’ speaking to her like that as she believes she in superior to him. ‘I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny. ’ After this, Crooks realises that he will never be able to join in on their farm. Crooks also experiences the emotional harshness that most of the other characters suffer. Candy is also included as a disadvantaged character as he is excluded from the social life of the ranch workers because of his age, disability and demeaning job.
His lack of status is shown when he is powerless to save his dog from getting shot. ‘… Candy said softly and hopelessly, ‘Awright – take ‘im. ’ When Candy loses his dog, he loses a big part of him as his dog has been with him for years. ‘A shot sounded in the distance. ’ Candy’s dog was very old, ‘… a drag-footed sheepdog, gray of muzzle, and with pale, blind old eyes. ’ Carlson wanted to shoot him because he was worthless; this shows the harshness of the environment, that if something’s not useful anymore, get rid of it.
After the death of his dog, Candy finds it hard to move on; until he hears George and Lennie talk about their plans for the dream farm, then he wants to be in on it. ‘S’pose I went in with you guys. Tha’s three hunderd an’ fifty bucks I’d put in. ’ Candy offering to join in on the dream, makes it more of a reality because of the amount of money he has. Everything falls apart though when Lennie kills Curley’s Wife and Candy knows that the dream is over. ‘… Candy dropped his head and looked down at the hay. He knew. ’ At this point Candy is very unfortunate and now he doesn’t know where he will end up.
He lashes out at Curley’s dead wife as a last resort of blaming somebody for the failure of their plan. ‘Ever’body knowed you’d mess things up. ’ This means that everyone knew that she was trouble from the start and they were just waiting for her to slip up. Candy is distraught as he knows it’s too late for him to achieve his dream. Another disadvantaged character is George. He is Lennie’s carer and as Lennie has a mental disability, he is hard to look after. He forgets many things, ‘I forgot,’ Lennie said softly,’ and cannot be relied on to take care of things. ‘… I musta lost it. ’ George is constantly reminding Lennie of these things.
George could’ve had an easy life without Lennie as he keeps slipping up. ‘You can’t keep a job and you lose me ever’ job I get. ’ George had to run for his life with Lennie, away from the lynch mob after Lennie messed up in Weed. ‘They run us out of Weed. ’ After finally having found a job at the ranch, Lennie crushes Curley’s hand and they nearly lose that job too if it wasn’t for Slim blackmailing Curley. ‘I won’t tell,’ said Curley. ’ George can’t settle down at one place because of Lennie, he always has to go and fix Lennie’s mistakes, on top of making the decisions of where to go and what to do.
George had always known that Curley’s wife was dangerous and ‘jailbait’. He could have prevented Lennie from killing her, especially as he knew of Lennie’s fascination with her. ‘Lennie watched her, fascinated. ’ He’ll have to live with that guilt forever. He’ll always be thinking what could’ve happened if he had stopped Lennie. ‘I think I knowed from the very first. ’ His decision to kill Lennie after everything they’ve been through shows George disadvantaged because in killing Lennie, George sacrifices his own dreams and happiness for the sake of his friends comfort.
‘The hand shook violently… He pulled the trigger. ’ George says that Lennie’s good for company but we know he’s more than that. George relies on Lennie for companionship and with him gone, George’s future is now uncertain as Lennie kept him from going astray. For the first time, George has to learn to go by in the world by himself as he no longer has his best friend there and he’ll have to deal will the unfriendly and lonely environment of a migrant worker and the insecurity of life ahead of him.
To conclude, there are many characters on the ranch that are disadvantaged, however there are four who have dealt with the worst. They’ve all had a dream, which at times, seemed just out of reach, however in reality, it’s never as easy as it seems. They’ve all failed to accomplish what they had set their hearts on, proving that they are deprived of a fortunate life. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Steinbeck section.