Candy And Crooks Analysis

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There is more to Candy and Crooks then meets the eye. Crooks is proud, indignant, bitter and angry whilst Candy is harmless and nice. However, Candy and Crooks are quite similar. They both crave a sense of belonging, and to not be overwhelmed by loneliness and the effects it has. Another similarity between the two is that they are judged on their appearance. Crooks is a black man with a crooked spine, and Candy is an old, one-handed swamper. They also share a similar dream, a dream where they feel happy and free from the harshness of reality. Candy is the old handyman, called the swamper, he has only one hand due to the result of an accident. He worries that the boss will soon realize he is useless and easily replaceable, and demand that he leave the ranch. Candy’s dog only supports his fear. “And at his heels there walked a dragfooted sheepdog, gray of muzzle, and with pale, blind old eyes. The dog struggled lamely to the side of the room and lay down, grunting softly to himself and licking his grizzled, moth-eaten coat.” (p 24) His dog reflects himself and when the dog is put down by Carlson for being useless and smelly, Candy’s fear grows…show more content…
The freedom to live a better and kinder life then the one they have is intoxicating to both men. Unfortunately, Crooks little dream of something better is shattered by Curley’s wife’s nasty words. “Well, you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny.” (p 81) Crooks refuses to tell the woman she is wrong, and instead, accepts the fact that whites are inferior. He then declines the offer of wanting the job on the farm anymore, saying “I didn’t mean it. Jus’ foolin’. I wouldn’t want to go to no place like that.” (p 83) Crooks lost all hope of living a better life because of discrimination. He believes he is not worthy of this freedom, and that others will always value him
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