Candy did not want to talk to any of the other men in the bunkhouse after he agreed to let Carlson shoot his dog, so he went straight to bed. Candy had instant regret that he let Carlson kill his dog, not because he was shot but because he did not do it himself. Part of companionship is being there for your partner until the
However he first tells Lennie about their dream, about tending rabbits, living off the land from the crops, and shoots him. Friendship and Loneliness is shown here where George is Lennie’s best friend, and everyone else stays away leaving Lennie alone. Other times in the novel the reader witnesses many other characters face this same factor of isolation. Some examples are,
This is in complete relation to Candy as after his dog is killed he contemplates that if he gets fired from his job, his one purpose, the same thing that happened to his dog should happen to him, death. As it is stated, “You see 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). The dog itself is a symbol for Candy, but also for all of the elderly.
Steinbeck further presents the idea of Lennie being "put down" when Candys dog is shot by Carlson. This foreshadows Lennies fate as the dog is shot just as Lennie is at the end of the novella. This could of influenced George's decision to kill Lennie, as he see's Candys dog being shot and he see's the aftermath of the effect that it has on candy. I think this will of made George's decision easier as he knows that it's the best thing for Lennie. Candy says " I ought to have shot that dog myself
People may want other things besides animals such as family or reading materials. George finds Lennie by the lakeside where they arrived and begins to tell him their dream but then the inevitable happens. George shoots Lennie is the back of the head, mercy killing. He had no choice because it was either torture for Lennie for the rest of his life or be killed to save him from the suffering. Curley and the others arrive driven by anger and Slim goes over to George and tries to reassure him.
But for some reason he'd always accidently kill them. ¨ You gonna give me that mouse or do I have to sock you?¨ ( Steinbeck 8). George would never let lennie have a mouse, which made lennie feel like he was alone and wish his aunt was there.. Even though lennie and George, all George did was control him. George had specifically told lennie not to talk to anyone, but sometimes people get a little bit lonely.
“Got no teeth he’s all stiff, he ain’t no good for you Candy” Before winning the fight and quickly says to the dog “come, on, boy.” This tells us by Carlson saying “Got no teeth he’s all stiff” tells us that Carlson thinks that if something is old and can’t take care of it’s self it should be killed. How Candy is fighting back tells us that he knows that if the dog goes, he’ll go next because he's also becoming old and this presents on how society treats people badly because of their age. In Crooks’s little shed Curly’s wife gets mad at him for telling her to leave.
First, the minor characters are used to foreshadow the events of the story. Candy’s dog is old, stinks and is “all stiff with rheumatism”; basically he is portrayed as a weak, powerless character. When Carlson offers to shoot the dog, he says “this ol’ dog jus’ suffers hisself all the time... you ain’t bein kind to him keepin’ him alive.” He perceives himself as killing the dog to end its suffering.
Although it doesn’t sound like a sacrifice, it is. George had to kill Lennie to avoid being confronted by Curley and Carlson, who were both set on killing Lennie themselves. George knows that when he kills Lennie that he and Lennie will finally be at peace, when he quotes on page 106, “No Lennie, look down there acrost the river, like you can almost see the place.” This shows how George knows that when Lennie dies, he will live on in the peaceful place that he and George had imagined. George had to sacrifice Lennie for his own well being, and it was definitely not an easy thing to do, especially considering everything they had been through.
Without challenges, the world would be a place with no improvements and a futureless world. A futureless world personifies an undignified empty world that costs people to suffer. Many characters had already faced these types of challenges especially Jacob and George, but those two had always fought hard to fight the challenges they were facing. John Steinbeck and Patrick Carman had at least compared both George and Jacob as two different characters through the book Mice and Men and Thirteen days to midnight, but they had similar challenges through their temptations and its consequences, Its Relationships that cause troubles and their bravery to save the person they love. And these challenges will be shown.
George made that sacrifice of ending his good friend’s
but, it was for his own good. He was a danger to himself and everyone around. I’m going to miss his company believe it or not, and our friendship, I‘m going to miss that the most. Always having to remind him of everything and tell him about the little place we were going to buy with Candy.
I shouldn 't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog. " Candy regrets the fact that the dog’s last moments were with Carlson who didn’t care for him, rather than spending it with him. George takes Candy 's thinking in stride when he decides to shoot Lennie. Curley and Carlson do not understand the struggles that George had to face when killing his friend.
They use to make fun of my accent they would taunt me and say “Howdy y’all!” and act like a cowboy. In John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men setting of the 1930’s in Salinas Valley, California we meet the static and round character Lennie Smalls and his best friend George a dynamic character. While it is obvious to the reader that Lennie has a mental disability because of his actions, it is never directly stated.