Of Mice and Men

Why does Crooks have more items than most of the other men? Take a look at his belongings. Choose three specific items and explain what they show about this character.

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Crook's room is a small hovel connected to the horse stables. We can tell that Crooks has been there a long time because of the accumilation of all these items. Crooks is fiercely defensive of it because it is the only space that is his own. He is not allowed anywhere else on "account of being black" In his room Crooks has a "tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the California civil code for 1905". We can surmise that Crooks strives to be literate on his own. Crooks also wants to be aware of the few rights he has as a black man. Crooks is an intelligent man with little or no schooling but does what he can to better himself.