"You seen what they done to my dog tonight? 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. ) Candy, and his dog. They are introduced early in the story, and at first portray the appearance of an “old timer¨ at the ranch. Specifically referred to as, ¨the aging handyman¨. Which is applicable. He is the ¨old swamper ¨ at the ranch where most of the story takes place, it is clearly shown that he is the ¨underdog¨, and plays little to no importance at the ranch. He represents what typically happens to people once they get old . They aren´t needed anymore and are even ignored. Impinging them with the burden of a lowered sense of self importance , causing …show more content…
¨They´ll can me purty soon, Jus’ as soon as i can´t swamp out no bunk houses they´ll put me on the county.¨ ( 88 ) . His word means very little on the ranch, nobody listens to him besides a select few. Soon , he won´t be able to do his work efficiently and will be layed off. Candy´s dog foreshadows what, in candy´s mind, will happen to him soon enough. Although not disclosed in the book, the readers know it will happen. Candy´s dog is killed , simply for the fact that he is aging , and ¨ smells bad¨ . Due to his old age , he is rendered useless. Candy insinuates that the same will happen to him when he becomes incompetent of fulfilling his duties . The quote ¨ I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn´t ought to have let no stranger shoot my dog.¨ ( 89 ) symbolizes the companionship you also find in george and lennie. As candy wanted his companion to be with him at the end, as did george for lennie. Candy represents the old person who isn´t needed anymore, which is an inevitable outcome. As someday , you will grow incompetent of fulfilling demands, or needs, and will be let go. I determined this through his actions, quotes, symbolism, and foreshadowing. Candy is one of the most important characters to understand, as he is representative of
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Candy’s regret for not shooting his own dog, for letting someone else kill it, mirrors how George shoots Lennie, instead of letting Curley's kill his best friend, George does it himself.. When George shots Lennie he does it the way Carlson did to Candy’s dog, right in the back of the head, where the spine meets the
“‘I oughtta of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t oughtta of let no stranger shoot my dog.’” (Steinbeck 61) Candy says so because Carlson shot the dog because he smelled, and if Candy shot the dog it would have been because the dog was only going to suffer more (like Lennie).
In this chapter, the gloom is relieved by the hopeful planning of the three men — George, Lennie, and Candy — toward their dream. For the first time in his life, George believes the dream can come true with Candy's down payment. He knows of a farm they can buy, and the readers' hopes are lifted as well, as the men plan, in detail, how they will buy the ranch and what they will do once it is theirs. But while Steinbeck includes this story of hope, the preponderance of the chapter is dark. Both the shooting of Candy's dog and the smashing of Curley's hand foreshadow that the men will not be able to realize their
Candy’s dog was shot by Carlson who was told by Candy that he could shoot the dog because he was getting really old. “Got no teeth. He’s all stiff with rheumatism. He ain’t no good to you, Candy. An’ he ain’t no good to himself.
I shouldn’t oughtta let no stranger shoot my dog. ”(pg.61) Candy had raised the dog since it was a pup so their relationship reflects George and Lennie’s friendship as they too were childhood friends. Candy later regretted not being with his dog until the end. If George had not shot Lennie himself, he would be burdened with the fact that he had tolerated a random stranger to kill his best
Candy is an old man who is confined by his age and cannot do any real work. He cannot leave the farm because he does not have enough money to survive on his own. Steinbeck described Candy by writing, “Old Candy, the swamper, came in and went to his bunk, and behind him struggled his old dog,” (Page 43). The only thing that kept Candy company was his dog. His dog was too old to be any use, just like Candy himself, so he was shot by Carlson.
Steinbeck states in the novel, “You seen what they done to my dog tonight?”(60). An example of Candy telling George and Lennie his problems. Candy still feels upset over his dog death by Carlson. But by using that excuse he got George to agree with him, to let him live in the ranch once they earn enough money. With Candy’s help with George and Lennie’s dream, it is easier and now faster for the three of them to get their ranch.
Steinbeck argues that the purpose of Candy’s disability of having old age is to demonstrate that if you cannot help in society, your chances of survival will be decreased through the use of the comments of the other workers on the ranch. Steinbeck supports this claim by demonstrating how in the society that the book is based in, if you are not helping in society, then your survival may be threatened. An example of this is when Candy’s dog is about to get shot. Since he can no longer help out, the other workers want to kill him. “We can’t sleep with him stinkin’ around in here” (Steinbeck, 47).
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
John Steinbeck's novella 'Of Mice and Men' contains various important themes. One of the significant themes of this novella is hope, friendship and loneliness, determination that empowers a man to endeavour with a feeling of self-esteem. In this novella, Loneliness is presented to be one of the dominant themes. The composer outlines the depression of ranch life in the mid 1930's and shows how individuals headed from town to town in an attempt to discover kinship keeping in mind the end goal was to escape from forlornness.
He is an elderly man who used to be a handyman and is now only left with one hand due to an accident he had. He worries often that the boss of the ranch will see Candy as useless and kick him off. Candy also owns a dog that he has had since the dog was a puppy. As the dog was growing up it became a great sheepdog, but now that the dog is older it is seen as a “drag-footed sheepdog, with pale, blind eyes and a grizzled, moth-eaten coat” (pg. 24).
After Carlson shot his dog, Candy told George, “I ought to shoot that dog myself. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog” (Steinbeck 61). This shows that Candy didn’t want anyone else to shoot his friend but himself, because no stranger deserves to shoot his dog. This is important because when Candy told this to George, George will keep this in mind when he is dealing with Lennie at the end of the story. As a result, Candy’s value of friendship led to the tragic ending of George shooting
Candy lost his right hand in a ranch accident, which is why the owners “give me a job swampin’” as he says (Steinbeck 59). He believes he will that he will be “can[ned] purty soon,” so he wants to go with George and Lennie (Steinbeck 60). When Carlson wants to shoot Candy’s dog, Candy does not want him to. He says “No, I couldn’... I had ‘im too long” and “I had him from a pup” (Steinbeck 45).