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
Carlson insisted to Candy that the dog needed to be put out of his misery, so Carlson shot the dog. As a result of this incident Candy feels that once he gets old and useless he will be demanded to leave the farm. He expresses his feelings when he says, “ When
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.
Late at night all of the workers got together and discussed candy’s dog, Slim was saying the dog was way too old,saying it smelt bad and it was useless. Everyone thought that is what a good idea. Slim had said, “ I wisht somebody’d shoot me if I get old an’ a cripple” he was making a good point. Carlson
The conflict begins with Ebenezer Scrooge being a greedy, selfish old man. For Scrooge, Christmas is just a poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket (Dickens,6). The climax of the drama is when Scrooge sees his grave and realizes that no one cares. In the drama, three spirits from his past, present, and future show him how greedy and mean he is to everyone. Scrooge makes a promise of changing and being a better person before it’s too late.
In Of Mice and Men, these outcasts, Candy, Crooks, Curley’s Wife, and Lennie, are discriminated for their physical capabilities, race, gender, and mental abilities. In the novel Of Mice and Men, Candy is discriminated for his physical capabilities because his right hand is only a stump. According to Candy himself, “‘I ain’t much good with on’y one hand. I lost my hand right here on this ranch. That’s why they give me a job swampin’” (59).
The only reason Candy still has a job on the ranch is due to the fact he lost his hand at the ranch. “I lost my hand right here on this ranch. That’s why they give me a job swampin’.”(pg. 59). Being disabled leaves Candy not able to do much work, causing him to slowly give up hope on ever getting away from the ranch.
“Prejudice is a learned trait. You’re not born prejudiced; you’re taught it” -Charles R. Swindoll. In the novel Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, prejudice is a strong, occurring theme that affects two important characters. The men working on this ranch in the 1930’s show discrimination towards Curley’s Wife, the only woman on the ranch, and Crooks, a crippled black man, simply because they were taught to. Curley’s Wife is a subject to prejudice, and it causes a sense of loneliness, hatred, and of being misunderstood.
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.
Dally is expressing this to Ponyboy because he knows Johnny is going to die and that he can’t live without Johnny. “Oh, Damnit, Johnny, don’t die, please don’t die…” (p 149). Once Johnny dies, Dally dashes out and gets the police to shoot him in front of the gang, “he was dead before he even hit the ground. But I knew that was what he wanted.” (p 154) Like George, Dally died because the one person he loved died and he couldn’t live without love. But unlike Dally, George didn’t choose to die.
Or how about the old man on the farm? Candy, the American dream can’t work for a old and injured man. Candy had lost his hand while working, he didn 't have a wife, he only had his very old dog, which in the book was used as a metaphor. “You seen what they did to my dog tonight? They says he wasn 't no good to himself no nobody else.
His dog was too old to be any use, just like Candy himself, so he was shot by Carlson. This broke Candy’s heart, along with any of his spirit he had left. Candy was the only old person on the farm, besides his dog. Now that is dog was gone, Candy was totally isolated. Nonetheless, Candy was given some hope by George and Lennie, who told Candy he could be part of their farm.