Review Of ' Of Mice And Men ' Essay

1270 Words May 6th, 2015 6 Pages
The significance of Candy in of Mice and Men
Candy is a significant character in the novella ‘Of Mice and Men’, written by John Steinbeck in many different ways. Candy is "a tall, stoop-shouldered old man... . He was dressed in blue jeans and carried a big push-broom in his left hand." He is a good example of many themes that are expressed throughout the book such as loneliness, friendship and powerlessness; he also gives us an insight from a different perspective.
The main relationship that Candy has within the book is one with his dog, who mirrors him in mannerism, age and appearance. This is shown when the dog is about to be killed by Carlson who describes him as “old” that “he’s stiff with rheumatism” and that “he’s not good to you, Candy. An’ he ain’t no good to himself”. This shows that if Candy’s dog is a mirror of Candy then he is also old, stiff with rheumatism and no go to himself or anyone else. This shows that Candy is set apart from the other migrant workers as he is older and less able than the others which follow the theme of loneliness as he would not have anyone like him on the ranch other than his dog.
His right hand is simply a stump due to the fact that he lost his hand whilst working on the ranch. Now the owners of the ranch, the boss and Curley, keep him on as long as he can "swamp" out or clean the bunkhouse. This shows how the working conditions were not up to standard to save money but the migrant workers would still come as it was during the…

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