Candy From Of Mice And Men Essay

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In John Steinbeck’s classic novel Of Mice and Men, Candy lives his life as a lonely man because of him being an old, crippled rancher. After suffering through a great amount of ridicule, Candy, finds himself sad and alone from the other men. Candy deals with a heartbreaking death and cannot work with the other men because he has lost his hand. There are many factors that contribute to Candy’s constant feeling of loneliness. Candy has had his dog for as long as he can remember. His dog provides him with a companion and Candy loves this dog with his whole heart. The smelly, old dog bothers the other ranchers. Without worrying of his feelings his fellow ranchers yell at Candy for the smell, which brings him further away from them. The men cannot stand the odor and laziness of the dog and do not care whether Candy will experience loneliness or not if his animal is killed. After Carlson says he must get rid of the dog Candy tries to argue to save his dog’s life by stating, “No, I couldn’t do that. I had ‘im too long” (Steinbeck 45). Since Candy has no power in the house, his arguments mean nothing to the others. Candy ends up letting Carlson shoot his dog causing him to become further isolated from the ranchers. After the dog expires, Candy feels that he should have taken responsibility and put his own dog to sleep. He realizes an empty feeling of loneliness when his dog is no longer with him, while regretting allowing a stranger to take the life of his own beloved dog. This feeling stays with Candy as his hopes of living with Lennie and George slip away. Throughout the novel, George and Lennie reassure Candy that when they receive enough money they will leave the ranch and buy a place of their own. Candy is longing for the opportunity to not be alone any longer. Because of his loneliness, Candy, will do anything to live with Lennie and George. He starts convincing

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