Just another pup will not be able to replace Candy’s dog that abruptly. They have a bond that has been built over the years. The thought of Candy shooting his dog made him squirm. His restrain from saying yes to shooting his dog is modeled in the text when Candy is fighting with the men, “‘Well-hell! I had him so long.
The quote also hit a point where in the period of time, bigger people does have some advantage in power. We find the people in the range selfish when related to themselves. Candy had a old dog who Candy’s loved from pup, just too old and smelly. The people living in the same cabin nagged Candy to kill his dog, which slowly convinced Candy who had no choice. Carlson said, “We can’t sleep with him stinkin’around in here.”(47).
Lennie had made a mistake when he was alone and the consequences for his actions resulted in his execution. One final example of foreshadowing in Of Mice in Men, is when Carlson shot Candy’s dog. Candy told George, "I oughtta of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't oughtta of let no stranger shoot my dog". Candy had realized it was his responsibility to have shot his dog.
The character Candy preforms many examples of how he is lonely and needs companionship. He shows this when he is in the bunkhouse with his dog, Slim, Carlson, Whit, and George. Carlson is going to kill Candy's old dog because he is old and smells bad (Steinbeck 47). This phrase suggests that Carlson is going to kill Candy's only friend which will make him even more lonely than he already is. Candy's representation of his feelings show that he is lonely.
Had him since he was a pup” (42). From this scene, Candy claims that he could not live without his dog because he had him since he was a little puppy. He had shared a tight bond, and hence became depressed and frustrated
This example suggests that he has done the same thing his whole life and has now decided to try something new. With the guys so willing to shoot his dog because he was old, Candy fears they would do the same thing to him. On page 45, Carlson says “I wisht somebody’d shoot me if I got old an’ a cripple.” This quote shows us that Carlson believes people are only good to an extent, and Candy fears he has come to that extent. In this book, Candy and his dog foreshadow the ending, as the characters prove to us that the dog is weighing down
This ol’ dog jus’ suffers hisself all the time. If you was to take him out and shoot him right in the back of the head-” he leaned over and pointed, “-right there, why he’d never know what hit him.””(44). As seen in this quote Carlson says that Candy should just shoot his dog to end his suffering. In the end, Carlson is the one to shoot Candy's dog and bury him. This is definitely an act of euthanasia.
When his dog gets shot he does not have much to live for. He cannot work with the other men and now has lost his one friend in the world. After everyone left the barn and a gunshot was heard in the distance Candy turns to George and says "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...""I ought to of shot that dog myself, George.
Jus’ as soon as I can’t swamp out no bunkhouses they’ll put me on the county” (Steinbeck 60). Steinbeck used Candy’s dog to figuratively show what was in store for Candy. Throughout the book, Candy is very lonely due to his old age and physical disability. Another character who is familiar with loneliness in the book Of
Lennie kills the puppy as he as done before with animals such as mice. Not on purpose of course but because he doesn’t know his own strength. The death of the puppy is a parallel for the fate that awaits him later. Like the Puppy he is innocent and unaware of the things around him that could potentially hurt him. Candy’s dog is more of a warning to everyone rather than just Lennie.