Unformatted text preview: Human cruelty is explored in multiple dimensions through the exchanges in chapter
4. The ending of it with Curley's wife is going to demonstrate how brutal this can be.
What Crooks does with m is a foreshadow to it. Crooks recognizes that he is
smarter than Lennie and wishes, for a moment, to use his intellect to prove his point
that a poor man of color faces additional burden and heartache than a poor white
man. Lennie does not understand any of this and Crooks knows it. It is for this
reason that he constructs the situation of what would happen ifGLorge left Lennie.
If nothing else. Crooks‘ motivation is to simply have his voice heard. to have his
experience validated. He wishes to come across as an individual whose pain of
isolation and segregation can be felt by a white person who would never have to
endure such a socially imposed condition. This becomes his primary motivation,
something that is realigned when he sees that Lennie does not become sad or
empathize. but rather becomes angry in the thought that something has happened
to George. In this pivot. one sees how Steinbeck brings out the idea that human
cruelty, while it might be focused and driven. ends up choking the life out of the
individual. removing their humanity. if only for a moment. and the humanity of the target of such action. ...
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