Of Mice and Men is a fantastic novel that shows how hard it was in the times of the Great Depression. The difference between Lennie and George compared to the migrant workers is that they had each other. In the novel, it shows how George takes care of Lennie who has a mental disability. Most of the migrant workers wanted to achieve the success of the American Dream that was different for every American. Lennie and George too wanted to the euphoria of achieving their American Dream. Lennie and George’s dream was to own a ranch and live off ... Read more →
The conversation that follows is critical to the story. Lennie, given his mental limitations, only knows what he is told about race in the 1930s, and he doesn't understand it, so he is naturally curious like any young person would be. The conversation they have is mostly innocent, and Crooks realizes that Lennie doesn't know to treat him differently. For the first time, maybe ever, Crooks feels like an equal with a white man, even perhaps superior with Lennie. He gets to drink a feeling of equality very briefly, until George reappears and sets the situation how it should be socially, in that time frame.