Bigotry was a strong kind of bias in the 1930’s, and throughout the book is strongly utilized against the steady buck Scoundrels. From his very first intro in the book, he is constantly being explained and dealt with like an animal. In the first description of Crooks’ room in chapter 4, it is referred to as ‘A little shed that leans off the wall of the barn’.
This provides the impression that Crooks is not important adequate to sleep with the other cattle ranch hands, and must be isolated and separated from them: giving him no other choice however to sleep with the animals: animals that are on the exact same level of the hierarchy as him.
Likewise, Crooks’ possessions reflect this image. His bed is described as ‘a long box of straw’ which implies that Crooks isn’t worth his own bed, and need to go for a horse’s trough: something that even a horse does not oversleep, however eats out of. In addition to this, the majority of his other possessions don’t even belong straight to him. For example, ‘a broken harness in process of being mended; strips of new leather’ and ‘a variety of medication bottles, both for him and the horses.’
This reveals that even his own space, isn’t completely his own room, and that he needs to share it with the horses; recommending that even the horses are more important than Crooks as even they have the power to get into criminals’ space. It could also suggest that all of crooks’ ownerships are considered just as worthless as a horses ‘damaged harness’. This reveals the reader that scoundrels implies say goodbye to the ranch hands than among the other horses.