Bigotry was a strong kind of prejudice in the 1930’s, and throughout the novel is violently utilized versus the steady buck Criminals. From his very first intro in the book, he is constantly being described and dealt with like an animal. In the first description of Crooks’ space in chapter 4, it is described as ‘A little shed that leans off the wall of the barn’.
This offers the impression that Crooks is not important sufficient to sleep with the other cattle ranch hands, and must be isolated and separated from them: offering him no other choice however to sleep with the animals: animals that are on the exact same level of the hierarchy as him.
Also, Crooks’ ownerships show this image. His bed is referred to as ‘a long box of straw’ which indicates that Crooks isn’t worth his own bed, and must choose a horse’s trough: something that even a horse does not oversleep, but eats in restaurants of. As well as this, the majority of his other belongings don’t even belong straight to him. For instance, ‘a damaged harness in process of being fixed; strips of brand-new leather’ and ‘a variety of medicine bottles, both for him and the horses.’
This shows that even his own room, isn’t totally his own room, and that he needs to share it with the horses; recommending that even the horses are more crucial than Crooks as even they have the power to attack criminals’ space. It might also mean that all of crooks’ possessions are thought about just as useless as a horses ‘damaged harness’. This shows the reader that criminals indicates say goodbye to the cattle ranch hands than one of the other horses.