(p. 60) Candy knows that society doesn't value or care about people who can't work. Society ejects them because they are no longer useful. Carlson shows this when he says about Candy's dog, " He ain't no good to you, Candy. An' he ain't no good himself. Why'n't you shoot him, Candy?
He is hard working and really desires to succeed and leave the ranch. Even though he has always been a loyal and contributing member of the ranch, Candy will soon just become another lonely person struggling to survive in the world outside ranch life. This is perfectly symbolized by his “stick-like wrist”. It is nearly impossible to work well in his condition. A stick, a weak, little part that has broken off from a tree, is just like Candy’s hand; something that ... ... middle of paper ... ...to be able to escape the ranch with Lennie, who is being heavily hunted down.
I lost my hand right here on this ranch” (Steinbeck 59). Candy’s loneliness comes from his desire to be valuable. He knows that ranch workers are treated impersonally: like parts on a machine, they are necessary to keep the ranch in business, yet are also worthless and easily replaced if they are broken. Candy’s dog, his only companion on the ranch, exemplifies this mindset, for he was killed when most people viewed him as an annoyance instead of treasuring his company like Candy. Harold Bloom writes, “Candy sees a value in his dog that Carlson (and those like him) do not.” Although the dog was old and burdensome, Candy saw value in companionship and having another living being by his side.
The friendship between Candy and his dog was ruined when the other ranch hands shot his dog because they thought it was a nuisance and it had no point. In the book, John Steinbeck gives you the impression that Candy is an all around good guy and can make friends easily. Steinbeck gives you this impression by the characteristics of Candy’s personality. Even though Candy seems like an easy to make friends with guy, inside he looks at himself as an outcast. He is different from the other ranch hands because he lost a hand and he is an old man, therefore ranch hands look at him as disabled.
Candy is an "old swamper", who lives in a "bunkhouse". His possess... ... middle of paper ... .... That is another parallel between Candy and his dog. Both, Candy and his dog are handy-capped. Carlson discriminates Candy as well, when he states that the dog "can't eat, can't see" and "can't even walk without hurting". The dog would be "no good to himself".
I won't have no place to go, an' I can't get no more jobs,’” (p.60) This proves that Candy’s dog is another symbol and he symbolizes Candy himself because this is basically Candy realizing that he's weak and not really important to anyone on the farm; he has no more power than his dog, who was shot. Candy is trying to convince George to allow him to go with him to the dream ranch because, not only does Candy have the $350 to put the down payment on the farm, but he's willing to work there since no one is going to help him, and he's going to get fired soon.
This loneliness due to isolation and intolerance is found in the characters of Candy, because he is old and useless; Crooks, because he is black and crippled; and Curley's wife, because she is a beautiful woman and the only girl on and all guy ranch. The first character which has the theme of loneliness wrapped around him is Candy. Candy is an old man who is missing his right hand. According to his description in the play, Candy is "A stoop-shouldered old man, dressing in blue jeans and a denim coat...his right hand is gone at the wrist" (p. 4). His handicap happened on the farm "[Candy] lost [his] hand right here on the ranch.
The dog, being described as “ancient”, “stinky”, and “half-blind”, had been in Candy’s life and his companion for a very long time and Candy had grown attached to it. He said he, "had him since he was a pup" and he used to "herd sheep with him." Once the other farmhands had finally gotten fed up with it and stated that the dog needed to be put out of its misery Candy was extremely reluctant to turn it over and let him go. After hearing the shot ring outside, all Candy could do was turn his face towards a wall and not look around. Certainly Candy found this dog to be a loyal companion of his and he had developed a strong relationship with it over the years, which helped him cope with his loneliness on the ranch.
Candy, an old handyman who lost one of his hands. ... ... middle of paper ... ...andy is a old handyman who lost a hand). Candy owned an old sheepdog that was week and feeble. No one on the ranch liked the dog because it never clean and smelt terrible. Candy refused to put down the dog do to sentimental reasons, but the others pleaded just to let them take the dog out and put him down.
In the book it reads “Got no teeth, damn near blind, can’t eat. Candy feeds him milk. He can’t chew nothing else” (Steinbeck 36). This evidence supports my argument because it shows Candy’s dog being in pain. Candy’s dog deserves to be put out of his misery because of his suffering.