Candy experiences a deep sense of loss. He is empty. When Candy overhears George and
Lennie talking about owning a piece of land, Candy’s emptiness begins to fill with the dream
George and Lennie share. Candy tells George, “Tell you what-. . .Spose I went in with you guys.
Tha’s three hundred an’ fifty bucks I put in” (p.33). George and Lennie allow Candy to share their dream, and this quickly gives Candy hope, as we find out a little later when Candy is constantly “figurin’ and figurin’” because of his excitement about the “ranch.” But even more importantly, Candy develops a friendship with George and Lennie which is evidenced later in the story when Candy confides in
George, “I ought to of shot that dog myself. . .I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog” (p.39). Candy confides in George about his inner feelings regarding his dog, showing the beginnings of a friendship. Candy’s actions are proof that dreams truly do help find hope.
A second example is Crook’s memory of his father’s chicken ranch. While Candy, Lennie, and George all look to their future for their dream, Crooks looks into his past,