Of Mice and Men

Crooks Character Analysis

The stable manager, and the only black man on the farm. Crook's name comes from his crooked posture, the result of a kick from a horse. Crooks is bitter from a lifetime of lonely segregation. He thinks of himself as a cynic, and immediately sees that George and Lennie's dream of owning a farm will never come about. Yet at the same time, he can't entirely resist the beauty of the dream, and wants to be a part of it.

Crooks Quotes in Of Mice and Men

The Of Mice and Men quotes below are all either spoken by Crooks or refer to Crooks. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Books edition of Of Mice and Men published in 1993.
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I seen it over an' over-a guy talkin' to another guy and it don't make no difference if he don't hear or understand. The thing is, they're talkin', or they're settin' still not talkin'. It don't make no difference, no difference....It's just the talking.
Related Characters: Crooks (speaker)
Page Number: 71
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A guy sets alone out here at night, maybe readin' books or thinkin' or stuff like that. Sometimes he gets thinkin', an' he got nothing to tell him what's so an' what ain't so. Maybe if he sees somethin', he don't know whether it's right or not. He can't turn to some other guy and ast him if he sees it too. He can't tell. He got nothing to measure by. I seen things out here. I wasn't drunk. I don't know if I was asleep. If some guy was with me, he could tell me I was asleep, an' then it would be all right. But I jus' don't know.
Related Characters: Crooks (speaker)
Page Number: 73
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'A guy needs somebody-to be near him.' He whined, 'A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody.'
Related Characters: Crooks (speaker)
Page Number: 72
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I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an' that same damn thing in their heads . . . every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land.
Related Characters: Crooks (speaker)
Related Symbols: George and Lennie's Farm
Page Number: 74
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Crooks Character Timeline in Of Mice and Men

The timeline below shows where the character Crooks appears in Of Mice and Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Crooks, the black stable manager enters with news for Slim. Slim leaves with Crooks, and the... (full context)
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Crooks, whose nickname stems from his crooked back, sits on his bunk in the stable. Lennie... (full context)
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As they talk, Lennie forgets the farm is a secret and mentions it. Crooks thinks this just one of Lennie's fantasies. (full context)
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Crooks describes his childhood in California. As a black man he was always lonely. Even on... (full context)
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Suddenly angry and bitter, Crooks tells Lennie that George might not return to the ranch. In terrible fear, Lennie nearly... (full context)
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Crooks says he was just trying to make Lennie understand what it's like to be black... (full context)
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The conversation turns back to the farm. Crooks says all ranch hands dream about owning land, but nobody ever does, just like nobody... (full context)
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Candy wanders in. When Crooks again says they'll never own a farm, Candy replies that they have a spot of... (full context)
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...fires them, he says, they'll just buy their own farm. Curley's wife laughs at him. Crooks also demands she leave, but quiets when she curses him and threatens to have him... (full context)
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...men return. When George discovers Lennie was talking about the farm, he gets angry. But Crooks says Curley's wife was right, and that he's no longer interested in going to their... (full context)
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Slim, Whit, Carlson, Curley, Crooks, and George enter the barn. Curley demands that Lennie be killed. Carlson says his gun... (full context)