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English essay on Of Mice and Men

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Steinbeck uses an example of symbolism in the form of Candy's dog. Re-read pages 70-76, what qualities/ values does this dog represent? Which human characteristics could be represented by these qualities/ values? Candy is the oldest man on the ranch. As he is the oldest, he has more things to worry about than the others. He has only one hand and a women's name, and through Steinbeck's writing, we know why this is, because he has lost his masculinity and pride. He also has a pet extremely old pet dog, which he loves and everyone loathes, as they think it is useless and suffering, Candy thinks otherwise and doesn't want it shot. Candy's dog, which doesn't have a name and is incredibly old in the story, represents the fact that things that are unimportant are unknown to other people. This represents Candy as an old undervalued character that is slowly loosing value like his dog. It establishes that if you're an old animal, then you're in trouble. ...read more.


When Candy's dog does get shot he feels instant regret. This is because he felt he should have shot the dog, and not Carlson. Candy feels that by not doing this, he has betrayed his dog and let him down. If anyone is supposed to take responsibility over anyone, it should be their best or closest friend. He wasn't there to comfort the dog too, he feels guilt and is let down by his actions. Some one else that is in the same position as Candy and his dog are Lennie and George. George being the strongest to the two is very protective over Lennie. He makes a point of always telling what to do, but for his own good. People at the ranch criticize George on his choice of friendship, but this is because no one else seems to have a close companionship except them and Candy and his dog. ...read more.


Though she and Curley didn't have a good relationship, he obviously cared for her, and went crazy when she was killed. Because it was Lennie who killed her, Curley felt like it was his responsibility to kill Lennie. Curley new what his wife's nature was like, flirtatious and open. This would make the reader think that Curley was maybe jealous that it wasn't him that killed her, but Lennie, who is seen as the 'village idiot'. In this novel, I think Steinbeck was trying to tell us that if you have companionship throughout the toughest times of your life, don't count on it, because one day the other person will let you down. He also wanted to show that whoever you take companionship with; you will have to take responsibility of their death. He wanted to show the readers that in a tough time, you can't have someone to reply on all the time you have to be independent and strong. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sapna Mistry Miss Roberts ...read more.

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