Of Mice and Men – an exemplar A* response for the Crooks questions part (a) and (b)

Dear Year 11 Of Mice and Men students,

hopefully this exemplar response will be useful to help you with exam technique – especially for the homework you are completing over half-term (see Mr Amos’ post – part (b) AO4 question relating OM&M to the context of the Great Depression)

I have read the responses completed both by my class and Mr Amos’ class on the Crooks Q- excellent work, well done.

Unit 1 Section B Of Mice and Men – Crooks exemplar response


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One Response to Of Mice and Men – an exemplar A* response for the Crooks questions part (a) and (b)

  1. lucy says:

    Crooks is presented as a representation of blacks in 1930’s America, he is isolated in his bunk house and referred to as the ‘nigger’, he does not have a name to the other workers on the ranch and has arguable the lowest ranking out of all the characters in the novella.
    Typical 1930’s black people lived in fear of the white supremacy and the control they had over them, Steinbeck shows this throughout as he repeats the segregation theme ‘you got no right to come in my room’. This was a major issue in America due to the Jim Crow laws which meant the whole of society was controlled, laws were enforced such as no interracial marriage and public leisure and entertainment places were segregated, creating a very hostile and tense living. This evokes sympathy from the reader as such a basic activity which we all take granted today would have been an everyday hardship for black people.
    The threat of violence is also present in Steinbeck’s novella. Lynchings and public beatings often occurred in America, mostly in the south. Jesse Washington is an example of this, a boy who was accused and not proven guilty of rape but was yet still lynched, burnt and castrated in front of a white crowd of 100,000. Curleys wife uses the threat of violence towards crooks to put him in his place ‘I could get you strung up on a tree’ crooks then ‘seemed to grow smaller’ this shows how lowly blacks were thought of in America as even women were able to have massive control over them like curleys wife did.

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