Everyone thinks that Slim is the judge and whatever he says is the right thing to do. Candy then commits to the cause for his dog’s greater good. Candy didn’t want to kill the dog himself and lets Carlson to do it. When the dog was killed, Candy regrets on not killing his dog himself because he didn’t want someone who didn’t care for the dog to kill it. He wanted to show the dog that it was the best for him and it was for his mercy.
Candy’s dog represents life on the ranch when you get to old and have no use, you are inevitably killed off for not being strong enough. Carlson insisting on shooting his dog leaves Candy worried for his own well being because like the dog he is old and frail and soon to be of little use to those around
Candy, a worker on the ranch, lost his hand in a farm accident and is unable to do many forms of work at the ranch. He owned a dog that was old and unable to do much, until the dog was shot by Carlson to put it out of its misery. Candy exclaims, “I oughtta of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t oughtta of let no stranger shoot my dog” (61). By him saying the word “stranger”, it shows importance of how distant he was from humans on the ranch, and closer to animals instead.
Carlson had initiated a conversation on Candy 's dog reeking in the ranch house and a final decision was made to shoot the dog and put its misery to an end. Candy 's ego is pragmatic which led him to let the guys shoot his dog but it was clear of the pain he was going through with the loss he had occurred. Candy had depended on his dog for friendship since he was a young boy and throughout time, he had not realized that he depended on the dog for his own sense of security. Unable to handle the absence of his best friend, Candy moved to George and Lennie for companionship, " 'Tell you what...S 'pose I went in with you guys.
Another reason he is alone is because of his dog, “Why’n’t you get Candy to shoot his old dog and give him one of the pups to raise up? I can smell that dog a mile away. Got no teeth, damn near blind, can’t eat. Candy feeds him milk. He cant chew nothing else.”
I think that the author was trying to say that the dog, like candy, is old and people think worthless. I also think that the author was trying to foreshadow something bad happening to George and Lennie. This is because I have noticed that Candy’s relationship with his dog is alike the relationship of George and Lennie. Since someone else shot Candy’s dog, I think that maybe George or Lennie might ask someone to hurt the other person. Or maybe since Candy said that he should have killed his dog, George may hurt Lennie and vice versa.
However, several times in the novel Lennie uses violence to solve his problems because he does not know what else to do. Unfortunately, his actions have consequences, the most crucial being when he accidentally kills Curley’s wife, which culminates in Lennie's own death. George also solves his problems with violence; his solution to the death of Curley’s wife is to kill Lennie himself. He believes that if he just kills Lennie his problem will be solved. However, he would have to spend the rest of his life thinking that he has killed his best friend, and that he can never atone for it.
A different co-worker kills the older co-workers dog. Lennie was given a puppy and accidentally kills it. Curly’s (the son of the boss of the farm) wife likes other men not Curly; when she sees Lennie in the barn with his dead dog she flirts with him and he then snaps her neck. Lennie proceeded to run off into the woods where George then mercy kills him.
They were seen as useless and as extra mouths to feed. Candy faces the endless fear that the boss will fire him once he loses his worth on the farm. Candy’s fears are portrayed when Carlson shoots his old dog because the dog is too old to be of use. He tells Lennie
"If Uncle Atticus lets you run around with stray dogs, that's his own business, like Grandma says, so it ain't your fault. I guess it ain't your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger-lover besides, but I'm here to tell you it certainly does mortify the rest of the family- " "Francis, what the hell do you mean?" "Just what I said. Grandma says it's bad enough he lets you all run wild, but now he's turned out a nigger-lover we'll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb agin.
As Harper Lee sates, “Francis jerked loose and spread into the old kitchen, nigger lover! He yelled” (83). This helps us because Francis is being mean to Atticus only because he’s helping Tom Robison. It’s never too good to be such a cruelty person when you help an African-American. As the grandma states “ Francis, what the hell are you mean?, just what I aid , grandma says it’s enough he lets you all run wild, but now he’s turned out a nigger lover well never walk the streets of Maycomb”(83).
This broke Candy’s heart, along with any of his spirit he had left. Candy was the only old person on the farm, besides his dog. Now that is dog was gone, Candy was totally isolated. Nonetheless, Candy was given some hope by George and Lennie, who told Candy he could be part of their farm. Candy was interacting and getting along with these two men, and had a flame reignited in his life and willpower.
Dreams are an essential of life, dreams give you hope for something you love to do. In Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck, dreams are used throughout the whole novel. It is shown how dreams keep friendships together and happy through life, like George and Lennie. Dreams give hope to the characters that try to get out of working. They push people to do what they love and to get out of the ranch.
The Lonely Life “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty!!! by mother Teresa, humanitarian. This quote by mother Teresa, who was a humanitarian is saying that people who are lonely feel poor. In the novel, of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck many characters who lead lonely and isolated life. Three characters who lead a lonely isolated lives are Candy Crooks Curly Wife.