|Crooks in Of Mice and Men|
Race and Racism in Of Mice and Men is another subject that author John Steinbeck talks about. However the purpose of this blog is to talk about alienation and loneliness in Of Mice and Men, not Race and Racism. This blog post will be talking about how race and racism in the story and the world is connected to the theme of alienation and loneliness.
Now let's talk about how the subject and theme of Of Mice and Men connects to the world. First of all, here's an example of racial discrimination towards black people in the 1950s. On Thursday, December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a bus in the city of Montgomery. Back in those days, black people had an assigned section of seats they could sit on which was located near the back of the bus called the "coloured" section. When a white person boarded the bus and there was no more seats and there were black people sitting in the coloured section, the coloured section would be moved back even more toward the bus. This meant that the black people in the first couple rows of the coloured section would have to give up their seats and move further back or remain standing for the rest of their ride. While Rosa Parks was on the bus, the bus stopped in front of the Empire Theater and there were no more seats remaining. The coloured section was moved back and Rosa Parks had to give up her seat. With the guts and bravery she had, she refused to move back. This caused a problem on the bus. The police were called to the bus and Rosa Parks was arrested.
|An advertisement advertising black|
slaves to be sold.
Extreme racism that used to exist in our world can easily be related to the subject and theme in Of Mice and Men. The black people that were poor and treated unfairly and put into slavery were isolated from society, just like Crooks. These black people were forced to do jobs that nobody else wanted to do. These black people would also be taken advantage of and were put into slavery and must do what their boss tells them to do for little to no money. They could not socialize with anyone else because they were stuck in their horrible conditions. They did not receive things that white people had. For example, black people had separate schools and washrooms created for them. These schools were probably not even that good knowing the way black people were treated back then.
Racism can also be connected to the theme in Of Mice and Men. Racism also exists somewhat today, but not the extreme as it was back in the early to mid 1900s. Anyone who was or is currently a victim of racism has one dream. And that dream is for the racism to stop. They think to themselves, who cares if I have a different skin colour? How does that make me so different from everyone else? They want to be treated equally. This theme is present with Crooks as well in Of Mice and Men.
Thanks for reading,
~ Ramez Fares