What if you lived back in the days of prejudice and you were African-American or a woman?In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, the characters of Curley’s Wife and Crooks show how discrimination results in isolation, loneliness and bitterness.
Curley’s Wife shows how prejudice results in isolation loneliness and bitterness. For example Curley will not let her talk to anyone but himself. In addition Curley probably knows that his wife is a tart. That is why he doesn’t want her talking to other guys. “I don't like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella.” Curley’s wife says to Lenny. Curley’s Wife is bitter towards others because of the way she is treated. She gets frustrated with the other workers because they won’t talk to her in fear of Curley. In conclusion, because of the prejudice towards Curley’s Wife she is a bitter, lonely, isolated person.
Crooks is affected by prejudice and because of that he feels negatively towards others. Crooks has to live by himself in the barn with the animals. Crooks says that is because the other workers say he stinks. The real reason why he can’t sleep in the bunkhouse is probably not because he stinks but because he is black. “Books ain’t no good. A guy needs somebody – to be near him” Crooks says to Lenny. No one wants to talk to Crooks because it's an uncomfortable situation for everyone. No one offers for Crooks to join them in a game of cards or anything so crooks ends up playing horseshoes and reading by himself. In conclusion, because Crooks gets no attention he is bitter toward other people.
Curley’s Wife and Crooks show how discrimination results in isolation, loneliness, and bitterness. Just because someone is different doesn;t mean they should be disrespected. If we were all treated equal we wouldn;t have negative feelings for each other.

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