Candy is lonely and his dog keeps him company. Try to understand each other. He was bound in teasing Lennie since he was young. In this chapter Lennie gets a puppy from Slim and spends every free second he has in the barn with it. As Candy said, George didn't want a stranger to get rid of his best friend.
And at his heels there walked a dragfooted sheep dog, gray of muzzle, and with pale, blind old eyes. She even prefaces the offer by complaining of loneliness and dissatisfaction in her marriage. She points out that no one will know because all of the other men are outside having a horseshoe tournament. Like a barn type thing? Candy is immediately drawn in by the dream, and even the cynical Crooks hopes that Lennie and George will let him live there too. However, her spiteful side is shown when she belittles them and threatens Crooks to have him.
By speaking up for his dog, Candy is giving his dog a voice; his dog cannot communicate in the way humans can. However sincere and pitiable these complaints may be, she is ultimately a self-absorbed, manipulative figure in the scene. He is described as stinky, old, and practically lifeless. Curley's wife begins to struggle, which sends Lennie into a panic. Slim agreed that Lennie isn't mean, he just isn't bright.
Like a dog who feels a mixture of fear and love for his master, Lennie is both fiercely loyal to George and terrified of upsetting his friend. He grabs a hold of her hair and muffles her screams. They possesed something that the rest of the characters in this story did not. He knows instinctively that he has done something wrong both in killing the puppy and in killing Curley's wife. Archived from on October 14, 2007. The dead mice indicate that death may occur later on in the novel. Although Lennie tells her that he is not supposed to talk to her, he eventually gives in and shows her the dead puppy.
There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. As George talks, Candy listens and becomes excited by the idea of such a beautiful place. Whipper repeated this role in the 1939 film version. He uses Carlsons gun-the one the dog was shot with-and shoots Lennie himself. His love for soft things conspires against him, mostly because he does not know his own strength, and eventually becomes his undoing. Until he finally gave in, Candy refused to let his dog die.
Lennie, however, had a life that was practically just beginning. He asks if the place really exists. That's nice,' and he stroked harder. She jerks back and you hold on like it was a mouse. Candy and his dog act as foreshadowing for the end of the story. Fate is felt most heavily as the characters' aspirations are destroyed when George is unable to protect Lennie who is a real danger.
Theirs is a childhood relationship grown into a rare adult companionship. While it is a book taught in many schools, Of Mice and Men has been a frequent target of for vulgarity and what some consider offensive and racist language; consequently, it appears on the 's list of the Most Challenged Books of 21st Century. The dog is useless, and his ailing health and increasing age make him miserable. Of Mice and Men has been proposed for censorship 54 times since it was published in 1936. In John Steinbeck's 1937 novella Of Mice and Men, we are first introduced to Candy when George and Lennie move into the bunkhouse on the ranch and immediately feel sorry for Candy, who's described as a 'tall, stoop-shouldered old man' who is missing his right hand from an accident on the ranch.
Even though there are two, they prefer to share. The men agree that after a month of work at this ranch, they will have enough money saved to make a down payment on the house. He breaks off the fight only when he is ordered to do so by George, similarly to the way a master would issue commands to his dog. Indeed, to pile indignity upon indignity, the final time we encounter her corpse occurs when Candy curses at it, calling her a tramp and a tart. After a sombre exchange in which Candy and George acknowledge that their dream of a farm can't amount to reality anymore, George decides the best course of action. For this adaptation, both men reprised their roles from the 1980 production.
He decides to take Candy up on the offer. They made the reader and the other characters think, but they could never figure Lennie and the dog out so they were shrugged off and given labels. I was jus' standin' in he shad a minute scratchin' my dog. Curley's wife is lonely because her husband is not the friend she hoped for—she deals with her loneliness by flirting with the men on the ranch, which causes Curley to increase his abusiveness and jealousy. Eventually Slim joins in, suggesting that Candy would be putting a suffering animal out if its misery. You an' me can go there an live nice, can't we, George? She assumes that Lennie is her husband's babyish rival - a harmless admirer.