Of Mice and Men

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Irony in Crooks' Reaction to Lennie


For a moment Crooks did not see him, but on raising his eyes he stiffened and a scowl came on his face. His hand came out from under his shirt. Lennie smiled helplessly in an attempt to make friends. Crooks said sharply, "You got no right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me."

What is ironic about the this reaction from Crooks when Lennie enters his room?


Crooks is normally such a friendly person, but he doesn't seem to trust Lennie for some reason.


Lennie and Crooks had planned on meeting when everyone else left the ranch. So one would assume he would be more welcome.


Crooks is quite possibly the loneliest person on the ranch and he clearly indicates he doesn't like being alone. Yet, he immediately refuses any company.


Lennie is such a sweet person. It is surprising that anyone would not immediately take kindly to him.


Lennie is not usually so quick to approach people. So his attempt to make friends with Crooks is unexpected.