Of Mice and Men, Carlson and Whit

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Carlson and Whit are more minor characters in the novella. Carlson is unsentimental and aggressive, and he convinces Candy to let him shoot his dog. Whit is native and enthusiastic about lie – he likes simple pleasures and is easily amused. Carlson is insensitive; this is because he does not consider anyone’s feelings. He thinks that Candy’s dog should be shot because it is old and smelly, he persistently argues to shoot the dog, an example is when he says “Well, I can’t stand him in here” and “and he stinks to bear hell. Tell you what. I’ll shoot him for you. Then it won’t be you that does it.” He suggests that Candy could have one of Slim’s puppies instead, but he does not recognise that Candy has an emotional attachment to his dog. After he shoots the dog, he does not apologise to Candy and he even cleans his gun in full view of everyone, this shows that he is an insensitive character. Another example of his thoughtless behaviour is when he says, “Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?” Throughout the novel it becomes clear to the reader that he does not understand why George and Slim seemed to be upset, he sees Lennie’s death as practical and he does not feel any emotions about it – he just believed that Lennie had to be killed and he was. This shows that living on the ranch as a travelling worker was difficult as he had to take many temporary jobs wherever he could find them, he could not have time to build strong friendships with people which made him an aggressive character and made his loneliness turn into anger. Whit is the opposite to Carlson, he has a bubbly personality which explains why his name sounds like ‘wit’, as he is witty. He is not bitter about life on the ranch – although it was awful to have the life of a travelling worker because it caused him to have to constantly travel around and made him not have a dream or a
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