…Plank door leading to the barn. (66) I think this says that Crooks is treated like an animal since is own room is attached to the barn where the animals live. …. On the wall by the window there were pegs on which hung broken harness in process of being mended; strips of new leather; and under the window itself curved knives and needles and balls of linen thread, and a small hand riveter. On pegs were also pieces of harness, a slit collar with the horsehair stuffing sticking out a, a broken hame, and a trace chain with its leather covering split.

(66) What I think this says is that Crooks is treated badly and he is treated like an animal. Crooks is treated badly because he has a different skin color then all the other men. People don’t really care how Crooks lives so he basically lives in the supply or storage room that holds all the equipment for all the animals. He is treated like an animal because he is not given the same freedom as all the other men. He has the same freedom and rights as any of the animals.

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A comparison of the animals and Crooks is that his bed is very hard because it is made of straw and the animals also have straw to sleep on in the barn. … And scattered about the floor were a number of personal possessions. (66) Crooks feels he can leave his possessions all about the floor because he thinks that no one will come in his room. Also he thinks he can leave his thing all around the floor because he is more permanent then all the other men because he has been there for such a long time and he is a cripple so he doesn’t think they would get rid of him.

… Books on a special shelf (67) Crooks seems to read a lot because he is very lonely. Books seem to be his only friend, or companion to talk to because no one else talks to him and he lives alone in his room. …A pair of large gold-rimmed spectacles (67) These large spectacles I think are very interesting. I think they could be his reading glasses because they hang over his bed or they might be a special object to him. The glasses I think might be very special to him and he might have gotten them from a family member of his a long time ago.

I find it very interesting that Steinbeck would put a detail like that in the story since the other men in the story would not have or even carry those valuable things. … This room was swept very neatly (67) I think even though Crooks knows he is not ranked on the pyramid as high as the other men, he is very proud and thankful that he has his own place to come into after a hard day of work. … Single-barrel shotgun (67) I think that Crooks might have a shotgun to protect himself. He thinks, as a man that has different colored skin might need to use it on a ranch full of white men.

Even though he is very thankful that he even has a job he is very careful not to upset or start any trouble with the other men because he knows he is ranked lower than they are and that they have more power. … Proud and aloof (67) When they were describing the how neat his room was I thought he was very proud of his room and the space that he had. Even though he would rather be with all the men in the bunkhouse he feels as though this is his, and when he goes into his room he is completely safe and he can do whatever he wants.

I think Crooks is a little lonely and he wants people to talk to him but I don’t think he likes the other men at the ranch too much. He doesn’t like the other men at the ranch because he knows a guy like him that has a different color can get into a lot of trouble because the other men are ranked higher than him and have more power. 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.

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