What are the implications of Crooks' and Candy's reactions to George and Lennie's dream?
Crooks and Candy are both excited to join George and Lennie, which implies hope is stronger than oppression, regardless of how oppressed one is.
Crooks and Candy are both quick to doubt George and Lennie, which implies that oppression can be stronger than hope.
Crooks is immediately doubtful that George and Lennie will be successful, which implies that he has lost hope in any chance of escaping his own oppression.
Crooks considers working on the farm momentarily, but quickly loses hope and changes his mind after he is reminded by Curley's wife of his "proper place." This implies he has not only lost hope, he is now incapable of hope.
Candy is immediately excited about the venture and begs to be a part of it. This implies that the oppression felt by whites in the 1930s, even those who are disabled, sick, and old, is not as damaging as the oppression felt by blacks.