Candy and His Dog

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In the novel of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, a lot of themes are shown for example: friendship, sacrifice, loneliness and insecurities. These themes are exactly the ones for the scene of Candy and His dog. Candy is an old man, lonely and insecure man just like his old dog. They rely a lot on each other. They only have each other and it has been that way for a long time but it will change through progress.

The death of Candy’s dog is symbolic for Lennie’s. The dog was Candy’s best friend and Lennie was Georges’ best friend. In both of these cases, they relied to each other and didn’t care about what people said. For instance, Candy’s dog is old and is disliked by everyone, but Candy doesn’t care. ‘’Carlson says: god awmighty, that dog stinks.’’ And Candy doesn’t care what they all say for example: ‘’ Well hell! I had him for so long. Had him since he was a pup. I herded sheep with him… he was the best damn sheep dog I ever seen.’’ This is the same way George would stand up for Lennie: ‘’ … but he’s sure a hell of a good worker. Strong as a bull.’’ Both friendships have an influence on killing one of there best friend. Just like Carlson kept on trying to influence Candy to let him kill his dog (weakest person). For example: ‘’ 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… right there, why he’d never know what hit him.’’ Carlson also influenced a bit George to kill Lennie himself. For example: Carlson: ‘’ I’ll get my Luger.’’ He wanted to kill Lennie (the weakest person at the moment) himself but George took the responsibility to him his self. Candy and George both sacrificed themselves to the only person than meant so much for them for the better or worst.

The death of the dog foreshadows Lennie’s death knowing that they were both shot on the back of the head and completely unaware of the situation that was coming. For example: Carlson: ‘’… right in the...
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