Camaraderie In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The Impacts of Camaraderie
Solitary confinement is isolation as a form of punishment. If one is put in seclusion as a punishment, who would want to live his or her daily life in it? In any situation, setting, or time period, companionship is a necessity. In Of Mice and Men, the motif of camaraderie helps characters to feel secure, not isolated. The story takes place on a farm in North Carolina during the 1930’s. There is one African American, one woman, one long-lasting friendship, and one mentally handicapped person. Each of these characters feel alone in their own individual ways, weather it is externally or internally. Each character faces challenges such as: trying to be noticed or heard, losing one he/she cares about, or staying out of
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However, it is not with a human, but with his dog. Candy’s dog has lived with Candy since he was a young pup. They did everything together, including herding sheep. Their bond is powerful and both Candy and the dog each feel content and safe with each other around. Unfortunately, one day Carlson suggests that he should give up his dog by having him shoot the pup. Immediately, Candy responds with, “‘No, I couldn’ do `that. I had ‘im too long’” (Steinbeck 45). Candy does not want to give up the dog because his dog helps him to feel safe and secure. Without the dog, he will feel lonely; thus, he tries to defend himself and secure his ground and not have his dog be killed. Candy is concerned for the dog as he lowly stated, “‘Maybe it’d hurt him’” (Steinbeck 45). Sadly, Candy lost the battle he was fighting about saving his dog. Moments after the gunshot went off, Candy “Continued to stare at the ceiling. Then he rolled slowly over and faced the wall and lay silent” (Steinbeck 49). Candy does not feel secure any more since Candy and his dog’s bond are now separated. His friendship and partner are now gone, and he begins to feel very lonely; thus, he tries to join Lennie and George’s friendship. He does this by offering to give them an abundant amount of the money to purchase the ranch house. Candy counters that if he donates the money, then he should be able to live on the farm with them. Then, all three of them can have a friendship. George and Lennie agree to this in order to get one step closer in reaching their “American Dream” come true. This pleases Candy because he will get away from the farm and have a new

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