The Killing Of Candy 's Old Dog Essay

2001 Words May 8th, 2016 9 Pages
The killing of Candy’s old dog foreshadows Lennie’s death. Describe the killing of
Candy’s dog and the killing of Lennie. What similarities are there? What differences?

When Carlson proposed the idea that Candy should kill his dog, Candy obviously seemed distraught by the idea. He told the other men that he could not commit such an act, stating “No, I couldn’ do that. I had ‘im too long.” (Steinback, 45) Though Candy did not want anyone to do this, as he had grown fond of the dog, he realized that it was something that needed to be done. The dog was bothering the other workers, and if he did not give his approval for Carlson to shoot the dog, then someone would have likely just done it himself. So, he gave Carlson permission to kill the dog, and would later regret that he did not do it himself. When George kills Lennie, he also is being forced into the situation. He is disturbed by the idea, as this is the last thing he wants, but he knows he has no other choice. Lennie has accidentally killed Curley’s wife, causing the other workers to search for him in a mob. Knowing that Lennie needs to die before he can hurt anyone else, George learns from Candy’s mistake, and realizes that he needs to shoot Lennie himself. He steals Carlson’s revolver, and breaks off from the mob of workers when he gets the chance. Once Lennie is dead, the connection between him and Candy’s dog is finally confirmed in the text. Slim and Carlson draw this connection. Slim understood that Candy’s dog…

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