Analysis Of John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men'

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Hadlee Creech Mrs. Lutrell 30 January, 2018 In John SteinBeck 's classic novela “Of Mice and Men” he bestows upon an elderly man a loss of hope for life. The elderly and the handicap are seen useless to themselves and to society; SteinBeck crafted Candy’s character to demonstrate how corrupt society dehumanizes all hope of the elderly and the handicap living the American Dream. Our society shows senior citizens, especially useless senior citizens, are expendable; Society only wants you when you’re young. It doesn’t matter if you contributed a lot when you were young because once you get old, you’re useless. SteinBeck introduces two characters, one character named candy with his dog and the other character named Carlson who brings up the…show more content…
They says he wasn’t no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody’d shoot me. (SteinBeck 60). SteinBeck shows how their society treats the elderly and the handicap: SteinBeck had Candy say that in order to foreshadow that they are going to get rid of him at some point just like they got rid of his useless dog. When Candy says “ when they can me here I wisht somebody’d shoot me.(60). Candy knows they are going to get rid of him at some point because he is useless and no good for them anymore. He’s old, missing an arm, and he can’t work like the rest of they guy’s. Candy’s dog was his only possession and they took that away from him and offered Candy a puppy, something of lesser value to him (yet far greater in value to society). Candy thinks if it was that easy to get rid of something useless like…show more content…
George and Lennie had no clue who Candy was so they called him “the old man” for the first few weeks they were there. Candy is referenced to as “the old man” for 18 pages. Some might think the elderly have a future identity, some could argue that “the old man” is just a statement or his nickname but that is wrong. George and Lennie never bothered to ask for Candy’s name everyone just called him the old man, which displays that to them he has no identity, he does not matter to them and they act like he isnt even there. Curley is the only person to call him Candy after 18 pages of calling him the old man, but between pages 18 through 36 candy has no identity whatsoever, Candy did not matter enough to them to have one. This shows you how their society is set up in a way that only the young and healthy have future identities and get to live the American Dream, once you’re old you no longer have an identity, you’re nothing to society its like you don 't exist when you outlive your
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