Previously, Candy was too afraid to save his dog. He meekly “looks for help from face to face 45” and ultimately cannot change or delay the death sentence. “But a change came over old Candy.79” With dream in mind, Candy asserts himself even when Curley’s wife threatens his job and calls him “a lousy ‘ol sheep78”. In fact, Candy explicitly states that “Maybe there was a time when we was scared of getting’ canned, but we ain’t no more79”. Candy is now the “master of the situation 79” and can completely ignore all insecurities.
John Steinbeck's novella 'Of Mice and Men' contains various important themes. One of the significant themes of this novella is hope, friendship and loneliness, determination that empowers a man to endeavour with a feeling of self-esteem. In this novella, Loneliness is presented to be one of the dominant themes. The composer outlines the depression of ranch life in the mid 1930's and shows how individuals headed from town to town in an attempt to discover kinship keeping in mind the end goal was to escape from forlornness. Loneliness can often make a person feel empty and upset.
While examining the dead puppy, Lennie miserably states, "Now maybe George ain't gonna let me tend no rabbits, if he fin's out you got killed." (Steinbeck 85). The innocent puppy's death can be viewed as foreshadowing towards excessive violence and can also be interpreted as a claim that the American Dream has overwhelming forces embedded against migrant workers, just as Lennie's puppy was at a disadvantage against Lennie's brutal strength. Finally, Steinbeck profoundly shares aspects of the American Dream through the death of Curley's wife. "Before George answered, Candy dropped his head and looked down at the hay.
Slim gets his authority on the ranch through respect, which is seen in many events throughout the novella. After Carlson, another worker, states that Candy, the swamper, should not keep his dog alive, Slim agrees and offers Candy one of his pups, "Candy looks helplessly at him, for Slim 's opinions were law" (Steinbeck 45). Upon Slim expressing his opinion, Candy reluctantly lets Carlson shoot his dog. Candy capitulating demonstrates the power of Slim holds in everything that he says. Candy did not have to listen to Slim because he was not in the field and could have easily rejected the plea that Carlson made.
Could you imagine being surrounded by so many people and still feeling lonely and helpless? “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” (Emerson 2017). This is a message many people should live by. In Of Mice of Men the message that I believe John Steinbeck is trying to show us is to treat people the way we want to be treated.
Lennie got scared and lost control grabbing Curley’s hand when he swung and wouldn’t let go crushing the bones in Curley’ hand “Looks to me like every bone in his hand is a bust”. Later in the story Lennie is in a barn inspecting a dead puppy he used to take care of. The story doesn’t give much detail of what happened but Lennie apparently “bounced” the puppy too hard killing it. He starts to yell at the puppy things like “Why do you got to get killed?” “You ain’t so little as mice. I didn’t bounce you hard.”.
Similarly, when Candy lets Carlson shoot his dog he immediately regrets it, “[he] oughta shot that dog [himself]... [he] shouldn’t outta of let no stranger shoot [his] dog” (61). Lennie never intends to hurt anyone and does not deserve to be ruthlessly killed by Curly, an unfamiliar face, who intends to make Lennie suffer. Even after fighting Curley, Lennie “didn’t want to hurt him” (64). George showed mercy to Lennie when he shot him because he knew the alternate outcomes and killed Lennie as painless as
William used to work on the ranch with Slim and all of the other workers. Despite hearing that his old co-worker’s letter is in a magazine, Carlson refuses to be a part of the conversation because of how bad Candy’s dog smells. Candy’s dog smells very bad and is getting old and worn down, so Carlson starts talking about how he can shoot the dog to end its and everybody else’s suffering. Candy has a strong connection to his dog that Carlson doesn’t care about. After the conversation about shooting Candy’s dog, Steinbeck says, “Candy looked a long time at Slim to try to find some reversal.
“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. “Crooks seemed to grow smaller and he pressed himself against the wall. “Yes ma’am” “Well, you keep your place when nigger.
Once a person has reached their purpose in life they are useless; they have no reason to continue. 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).