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).
Slim told the story George had told him about this one time when George told Lennie to jump in a river. As soon as Lennie jumped in George instantly regretted telling Lennie to do so, as he quickly found out Lennie did not know how to swim. Slim claimed, “George was unaware that Lennie could not swim.” Before this he just thought Lennie was dumb. This was about the time Lennie decided to take Lennie under his wing.
Body Paragraph 2 Subsequently, people turn to cruelty in order to fulfill their esteem needs. When George and the rest of the guys are out in town to have a drink, Lennie sees Crooks light open and decides to go inside of his room. “Well I got a right to have a light . You gone on and get outta my room. I ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse, and you ain’t wanted in my room”(68).
When you kill someone that has no control over themselves and depended on you for everything, that is considered murder. This is talking about George killing Lennie even though he has no clue what he is doing. In the book of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck this is exactly what happens.
Loyalty is a character trait that is highly valued in a true friendship. In Of Mice and Men Lennie Small and George Milton show loyalty by traveling together in the Great Depression when this was a time period when people would often travel alone. Jobs were hard to come by during the Great Depression, and harder for people with disabilities. As a person with a disability, it is necessary for Lennie to follow George’s guidance throughout the story in order to be successful and fit into society. He needs George’s help with everything he does and will believe anything George tells him.
From the day that Lennie’s Aunt Clara died and from the day George took Lennie in as a friend George was always there for him. If Lennie did not have George, Lennie would have no one to protect him and save him from all of the bad things that he has done. Despite all of the dangers and problems Lennie got George and himself into, George benefited and also learned from Lennie’s mistakes. George needs his ignorant sidekick as much as Lennie needs George.
Crooks, Candy and Lennie draw sympathy from the reader for their disabilities/disadvantages. Having disabilities/disadvantages on a plantation in the late 1930’s was a big deal. Working on a plantation was one of the only few places men could go to work. Having these disabilities/disadvantages can make it extremely hard for you to work and make the money you needed so badly. Here are a few of the disabled/disadvantaged men in the book.
When Candy first encounters the dream, he undergoes a huge transition from a lifeless character recoiling from the death of his dog to that of a youthful, eager child with “his eyes… wide open56” and his voice full of excitement. In fact, Candy
Crooks is very lonely and solitude for being alone every day. As a result, he wants to have friends who he can communicate with. No one has come into his room except for Slim and the boss, so when Lennie and Candy come, it is difficult for Crooks to “conceal his pleasure with anger” (75). Although he wants to express anger about people coming into his room, inside he is happy about it and enjoys it. This instability and loneliness that he has leads him to say how he could work for George, Lennie, and Candy on their farm.
Tapanga Borkosky Mrs. Tardibuono Lit 10, 5b/c Sept. 20, 2016 Of Mice and Men In 1937, John Steinbeck wrote a book called Of Mice and Men. The book was about two friends, Lennie Small and George Milton. George and Lennie traveled with each other to different places in California. Lennie relies on George for almost everything, and George slowly get sick of it.
Of Mice and Men is a great representation of it’s era because it demonstrates the depression and alienation felt during this time. One way it shows the depression of this time, was through the hard working environments and the emotions that came with working there. A prime example of this is when George says “ Guys like us, that work on the ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong in no place.
In the Novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, a variety of relationships, as well as the characters in them, meet a grizzly end. This is apparent in the deaths of both Lennie and Curley’s wife. Lennie’s dependency on Gerogoe led to him not being able to function and make rational decisions on his own. While Curley’s wife had no support from her husband and gave none in return leading to a lonely and loveless marriage, causing her to seek companionship wherever she could find it. Their unhealthy relationships led to their demise due to the lack of support they were receiving from their partners emotionally.
In Chapter Three in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, there is a pressing scene in which Candy's dog meets his demise. Carlson first suggests Candy shoot his beloved companion and then turns it into a personal goal of his that the dog does not walk out of the room alive. He thinks the dog doesn’t have any real value, and is better off dead; this belief is a reflection of what happens when usefulness is outlived in this harsh society. The lonely silence that follows the killing shows the emptiness of the room, and the sorrow that follows. This scene is significant because it shows how the dog, who is a cripple and old, is a metaphor for Candy, who will soon outlive his usefulness; the dog is also a symbol of the loneliness the other men feel, and
Scott Hamilton once stated, “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” Disability is only an obstacle in a person's life, but it does not set the identity of that person. John Steinbeck's novel shows how disabled people are treated differently by writing about their heartbreak and sorrow. Many individuals with disabilities feel that a disability is a wall blocking them from achieving their goals. In our society, people are told what to be and what to do with their disability, but one should have the choice to carve their pathway to success.
¨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.