Candy is set apart from the rest of the workers due to his old age and his strong bond with his dog who eventually was killed. Candy is first introduced as “a tall stoop-shouldered old man”(18), indicating to the audience he is old. Candy also has a hand injury which prevents him to do as much as the rest of the men are able to, making him feel isolated to certain things. Toward the beginning of the novella, Carlson suggested to Candy that he should kill his dog due to its old age. Candy cried desperately “‘No, I couldn’t do that.
Steinbeck shows readers how poorly the elderly were treated before Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s social security program more formally known as the “New Deal”. The social security program created in the late 1930’s allows people to be able to retire at a set age or with a disability, whether it is due to old age or disability. Candy stays nervous and desires to make a life outside of the ranch. His beloved hound dog is a parallel to Candy in the fact that both are decrepit and physically useless. Warren French writes that the dog stinks, has no purpose, and is very old; this is a symbol
Another reason is the fact that he still lives at home even though his dad is abusive, and his mom doesn’t care. He could leave anytime he wanted but he doesn’t he stays there with his family even when he is harming himself. Also when Ponyboy and Johnny were at the park, then Bob showed up. Bob and his friends were drowning Ponyboy in the fountain, and Johnny was hurt he got right back up to help his friend. Johnny was terrified and didn’t
“Candy looked unhappily, he said softly. No I couldn’t do that. I had him too long” Candy could not kill his dog, and he was sad when they told him that it was time to shoot your dog, it might be a dog to them but it was more than a dog to him, it was his friend. Candy did not want to feel lonely, he was so used to him (the dog) that if he left, he won’t be able to survive, “Candy threw his legs off the bunk. He scratched the white stubble whiskers on his cheeks nervously.
The white men don’t cross paths with Crooks and always try to stay away from Curley’s wife. One of the biggest reasons they don’t cross paths is because Crooks is isolated from the rest of the men. He lives by himself near the stables away from the other men(Moss 4). On account of Crooks living away from the others, there were two rules that didn’t allow anyone to go to where he lives. White men weren’t allowed to go into a colored man’s room and were to be separated at all times.
He is an older man disabled by the lack of one hand. Although, he has seniority on the ranch the other men do not value his opinion. When it came to euthanizing his dog he was overpowered in his ability to say no as Carlson exclaimed, “Look, Candy. 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"(Steinbeck 22).
Loneliness is debatably one of the most horrible feelings existent within society. It strikes every living soul at one point or another, as it takes an immensely deep emotional toll. A profound part of what contributes to the feeling of loneliness is isolation. During the great depression in the 1930’s many people suffered from imaginable loss including loneliness and separation from others. Of mice and men is a novel written by John Steinbeck, the novel follows a group of individuals during this time period of depression, and their daily adversities and interactions with others.
The reader believed that the farmer did not know how to take care of his wife. His only experience with caring was on the farm animals so he tried to use the same method on his wife and it made everything worse. Most things that the farmer did was terrible to his wife. For example, he kept said that his wife was “like” other animals. His wife escaped, so the farmer and his people chase her then locked her in his house.
One’s self has experienced loneliness from choice or forced into isolation. The novel ¨Of Mice and Men¨ written by John Steinbeck, took place during the Great Depression, near Soledad, California. The protagonist, George and the antagonist, Lennie are mid aged, white men who are working on a ranch with other mid aged, white men. Along with ones who aren’t as focused at the time, such as Crooks, the negro or black, Curley’s wife, the woman and, Candy, the old and weak man were treated differently from all the white, strong males in the novel due to the setting the novel. This making distance in relationships in Of Mice and Men, isolating these characters into loneliness.
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.