‘’ That god damn old he can't hardly walk stinks like hell to ever time he comes into the book house i can smell him for two there days ‘’ (Steinbeck 36)`The novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is about two guys that are trying to find a job and once they get that job they are saving it to get like a barn and land. One of the characters is Carlson; he shoots Candy’s dog because he was smelling stinky. Shooting Candy’s dog was good because he was old and I don't think Candy was taking care of it. For example, “cause he stinks and he is very old so to me it doesn't matter an he can hardly walk so to me a dog doesn't even supposed to be in the house (P. 36 ) This quote shows if he was taking care of his dog this would have
Steinbeck utilizes his theme of lonliness to enhance the idea that so many individuals feel as though they do not belong for their own seperate reasons. In the story, Candy's dog is old, raggy, and worn out. Characters all feel as though the dog should be killed, because they do not want to have to deal with it around them. The dog is useless, and too old to perform any tasks to benefit the farm. Numerous individuals feel as though others make them feel like they are useless, and worth nothing.
While in Crook’s room, Curley’s wife states her doubt that Candy would be able to reveal her threat, when Candy admits, “‘No…’ he agreed. ‘Nobody’d listen to us’” (81). The absence of a fight suggests that Candy no longer has any self confidence. He has done this to himself through his negative outlook on situations, a habit that naturally comes with worry. With this tendency, Steinbeck has a method to show flaw and weakness in reality, since these branch from fear.
You gotta get him out.” (Steinbeck 74). The quote connects to the point because this old dog represented a person who can’t physically do anything anymore, so people lose their interest in this person like they lost to the dog and told Candy to get him out of the room. When they also said that the dog is useless Candy took it personally. This shows that during this time people counted the time they didn’t have time for useless things or
To start off, in the novel, Candy being very old was probably considered an outcast to society for being handicapped. John Steinbeck describes Candy by saying “The door opened and a tall, stoop shouldered old man came in, he was dressed in blue jeans and he carried a push broom in his left hand” (18). With Candy being very old, he was not in the Physical condition to work as hard as the other young workers. Besides Candy being very old, he once got his hand trapped in a machine which left him handicapped for the rest of his life.
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.
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
The novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is about two men's struggles to find a way to make a living in California during the 1930s. One of the characters, George, helps take care of his mentally disabled friend, Lennie, as they work on a ranch to get enough money to buy their own plot of land. One theme that emerged from the story is that lacking resources often leave a persons desires unfulfilled because George and Lennie lack stability and wealth. Also George lacks the resources to teach Lennie how to control himself.
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).
Throughout the story, Steinbeck’s use of character development and dialogue of Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife reveals that loneliness and isolation are caused by both social barriers and sometimes personal choice. During the start of the novella, Candy, an old swamper, is revealed to be lonely and distant from the other men due to his disability. Compared to everyone else, he is the oldest one, and to further isolate himself, he only has one hand. This prevents him from working as much as the others, which, in turn, causes him to distance himself from the other workers. In the beginning, when George in hesitant in staying in the bunks, Candy was persistent in keeping him there by saying, “Tell you what…last guy that had the bed was a blacksmith…clean a guy as you want to meet.
Societal discrimination is a topic that courses through every day life and alters individuals, regardless if it’s noticeable or not. People are judged, beaten down and discriminated against by the society around us and it dramatically affects how people think, how they act and who they turn out to be. In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, two labourers, George and Lennie, travel to California after fleeing from the town of Weed after they get themselves into an undesirable situation. Throughout the rest of the novel, the reader is introduced to several other characters who all seem to face some sort of injustice. Towards the end of the novel, Lennie ends up getting involved with one of the workers' wives and makes an unforgettable mistake.
Candy was an old swamper on the ranch who lost his head in an accident prior to meeting George and Lennie. His only companion was his old dog that he had had “since he was a pup. ”(Steinbeck 44). Candy’s dog was in an awful condition who suffered from rheumatism, lack of teeth, and a strong odor. The dog’s status prompted Carlson, a ranch worker, to propose the dog be killed.
Robert South, an English clergyman, stated that “Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.” Many believe that purity and kindness will prevent hardships and struggles or keep them from harm. However, this is not an accurate representation of virtuousness because it may help keep one from unnecessary issues, but will not make life any easier than the situations that one is put into. This issue is prevalent in the novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. Many characters who are perceived to be kind and pure often came to the worst ends of anyone in the book, and their innocence did not help them survive.