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Analysis While the rest of the men share a bunkhouse, so are able to speak to each other and at least experience some elements of friendship at times, Crooks is made to sleep on his own in the stable. It reaches its height in the novel when Curley's wife puts Crooks "in his place" by telling him that a word from her will have him lynched.
It also adds to the idea of it being old.
He is not the descendent of slaves, he tells Lennie, but of landowners. He, like Candy, realizes that once he is no longer useful he will be "thrown out.
Along with CandyCrooks is a character used by Steinbeck to show the effects of discrimination.
The fact that Crooks is briefly mentioned before his thorough description suggests that he is not a particularly important character because Steinbeck does not feel the need to describe him before this point.