Candy In Of Mice And Men Essay


Character Analysis

Candy is an old ranch worker ("swamper") who has lost one of his hands in a farm accident. He's spent the best years of his life working on someone else's ranch, only to lose his hand and have little money. Depressing, right?

Wait until you hear the bit about the dog.

Man's Best Friend

Candy's dog was once a great sheepherder, but it was put out to pasture once it stopped being productive. Sound familiar? Candy realizes that his fate is to be put on the roadside as soon as he's no longer useful; his ranch boss won't treat him any differently than his dog.

Candy is actually worse off: unlike his dog, he's emotionally destroyed by the whole business. He can't bring himself to shoot his pet himself, even "squirming" uncomfortably when he talks about it: "Well-hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup" (3.56). We suspect this is the same fear that keeps him from making anything more of his life. He can't stand up for his pet, because he can't stand up for himself.

No surprise, then, that Candy wants to change "George and Lennie's dream" into "George, Lennie, and Candy's dream." But he still has a bad case of futility. As he tries to help the men attain their dream, he also reminds them of the possibility (and indeed, likelihood) that it's going to fail—symbolized by his failure to kill his own dog. "I ought to of shot that dog myself," he tells George: "I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog" (3.234).

Maybe Candy is the novel's truly tragic figure, then. (There are definitely a lot of options.) After Lennie kills Curley's wife and everyone realizes that dream is bust, Lennie worries about the future rabbits, George mourns the fact that he's about to kill his best friend, and Candy is left to embody the despair of reaching the end of a long, hard-working life and being no closer to the American dream.

Plus, his dog is dead.

Candy's Timeline

Loneliness in Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck Essay

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Loneliness in Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck

John Steinbeck wrote “of Mice and Men” in the 1930s. It is set in California and shows us life for migrant workers at this time. The book describes how lonely life can be. In the book there are different kinds of loneliness. The different types described are Isolation which means that you are kept separate from others because you have an illness just like being in quarantine. Solitude is another type of loneliness which means a state of being away from everyone else. Abandonment is a type of loneliness where everyone has left you behind. Then characters that are lonely in the novel “Of Mice and Men” are Candy, Crooks and Curley’s wife. Candy is lonely…show more content…

He had an old dog at the beginning on the novel .He had this dog for a long time. We know this because in chapter 3 Candy says “I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup”. The dog he has gets shot by Carlson because Carlson didn’t like it. He says “I don’t like know nothing that stinks so bad as an old dog.” When the dog is getting shot John Steinbeck makes the reader feel sorry for Candy because Candy has had that dog for a long time as a companion and Candy is being pressurised by everyone to let Carlson kill it. Candy hopelessly says “Awright-take ‘im.” So Candy is lonely because he is old and he is also lonely because Carlson shot his dog. He tries to escape the loneliness with George and Lennie by being part of George and Lennie’s dream. George and Lennie agree to this because in chapter 3 Candy says “I’d make a will an’ leave my share to you guys incase I kick off.” However this dream ends because Lennie ends up killing Curley’s Wife. Candy still thinks it could be possible for George and him to own the land so in the last chapter he says to George “You an’ me can get that little place, can’t we, George?”

George says nothing and so Candy realises that they can’t get the land because of this incident.

Crooks is the negro stable buck. He has a separate a separate room from everyone else who works at the ranches.

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