Chapter 4 Of Mice and Men

What does the description of Crook’s room reveal about its occupant? Crooks lives alone because he is black. He is more permanent than the others because of his crippled back. He has more possessions than the others
Why is Crooks’ name appropriate? Reflection on the fact he has a crooked back but also the twisted, lonely existence because of prejudice
Why does Crooks allow Lennie to enter his room? Crooks takes advantage of Lennie’s lack of comprehension and relate some unrevealed facts about his life. Taunts Lennie with the idea that George might be hurt
How do Crook’s words to Lennie about loneliness reinforce this theme of the novel? Crooks is especially lonely because he is black, and reading does not substitute for the lack of company from others
What is Crooks’ reaction to the dream of the farm? he is skeptical and tells them that many have not succeeded with this dream but changes his views when he sees that they have already collected some money
Show how Candy’s comments to Crooks and Lennie relate the dream of the land to Steinbeck’s theme of economic exploitation. Steinbeck preached the merits of community over the individual. Candy’s dream of a home to share with others and a place to belong, underscores what being valued means to the human psyche. Sharing his money with George and Lennie is more than a financial investment: it means a chance at quenching his loneliness.
How does the behavior of Curley’s wife seem deliberately designed to provoke the men? She alternatively scorns the men for not going into town then flirts with them. She flirts with Lennie
What motives does Steinbeck suggest for her behavior? She fits the description of a tramp, a glimpse into her mind may create sympathy for her
How is her nature, as a destructive character most clearly revealed? When she lashes out at Crooks
In what ways does Crooks retreat before her attack? He shrinks physically and refuses to look at her
Give some examples of foreshadowing in this chapter.

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