When the unfeeling Carlson suggests that Candy's dog be put out of its misery, Candy abdicates the responsibility to Carlson. He tells George later that he should have shot his dog himself, foreshadowing George's decision to take responsibility for Lennie's death and "be his brother's keeper." Candy also plays a significant role in the dream, providing the money needed to make the down payment. Because of Candy, the dream almost becomes real. Candy's down payment causes George to believe that, perhaps, the dream can be realized.
Minorities in this book include women, handicapped, black, mentally challenged and elderly. This quotation included the discrimination of the elderly and the weak. Candy's dog is old, smelly and sick. It has nothing more to offer and has out lived his purpose of living. This also shows how the Majority and the strong has a wrath over the weak.
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.
Slim, another character, gave Lennie one of the pups from the litter his dog just had. Well, according to Crooks, the stable buck, Lennie has been “taknin’ em outta the nest and handlin’ them,” (50). Just like the mice, if Lennie continues to pet the pup continuously, then the dog will never get its chance to live and will die. Additionally, Candy’s dog’s death is a major symbol in foreshadowing the death of another character. Carlson mentions to Candy how the dog “ain’t no good to” him and “he ain’t no good to himself” (44).
Candy the crippled ranch hand, suffers from an extreme lack of interaction with other people. After losing his long-time companion, his elderly dog, and because of his age, Candy succumbs to the trap of seclusion because he cannot sufficiently mix with the other men while they buck barley in the fields, limiting his level of interaction with them. He states shortly before Carlson shoots his dog “No, I couldn’t do that. I had him too long.” Candy is also quick to approach a new source of friendship to compensate losing his dog, and this becomes evident when he quotes “S’pose I come with you guys...I ain’t much good but I can hoe the
He shows us the cruelty that the paupers endured, and how the ignorance of the rich allows it to continue. The parish beadle, Mr. Bumble, looks down at the poor with disgust. As overseer of the orphanage and workhouse, Bumble gets payed to make sure the conditions are livable in those places. When the book speaks about the starvation the boys felt in the workhouse and how one of them was thinking of cannibalism, we learn he is not doing his job to well. When Oliver asks politely for more food, he is beaten and left in isolation by the self acclaimed humanitarian.
Killing Lennie just like the dog, looking at other things, and speaking of dream ranches where he could tend rabbits. The gun pointed at the back of Lennie’s neck mirrored the death of Candy’s dog almost identically. “It was quick, and he didn’t feel a thing” later, when the men caught up to them, one of them had said to George that he did the right thing. The end when Slim and the boys ask George if he wants to go get a drink is Steinbeck’s way of saying that Lennie was about as important as Candy’s dog. George was merely protecting Lennie.
Candy came shufflin’ back into my place scratchin’ his stump and tells me things I didn’t want to here. ‘ He’s dead Crooks they killed him. He didn’t know what he was doing poor little sod and now George has gone and shot him I thought they were friends Crooks I really did and I thought George was better than that Lennie even ‘ad Carlton’s gun an’ George just took it off him like a lamb. Anyways I’d better be off’ And Candy left me in deep
Candy One of the book’s major themes and several of its dominant symbols revolve around Candy. The old handyman, aging and left with only one hand as the result of an accident, worries that the boss will soon declare him useless and demand that he leave the ranch. Of course, life on the ranch—especially Candy’s dog, once an impressive sheep herder but now toothless, foul-smelling, and brittle with age—supports Candy’s fears. Past accomplishments and current emotional ties matter little, as Carson makes clear when he insists that Candy let him put the dog out of its misery. In such a world, Candy’s dog serves as a harsh reminder of the fate that awaits anyone who outlives his usefulness.
Derek Sullivan Looking for Someone to Listen In “Misery” the reader experiences a look into the emotional conflict envisioned by Anton Chekhov. The theme seems to be humans need to share their grief, even if it’s with an animal. Throughout the story the main character Iona, who lost his son to death a week prior, tries to talk to different people with no avail. It seems no matter how hard he tries they just ignore him or yell at him. “His misery is immense, beyond all bounds.