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'Of Mice and Men' - character study of Candy

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Of Mice and Men Laura Eansor January 5th, 2005 In the novel, 'Of Mice and Men' the character Candy, was an older man, who was very trustworthy, reflective on his actions, and anxious at the same time. Candy gives a good honest impression on the other men he lived with him in a bunkhouse. This story shows friendship and isolation between all characters. Candy often looked back at his past and noticed that there were a few things that he could have done better, as a result of a better outcome. Candy looked out for some of the other men and respected them. Candy puts forth his best effort in everything he does. At one point in the novel, two other new men from the bunkhouse, named George and Lennie had a plan to move on and get out of the bunk house. ...read more.


to have Candy send the current owner of the house $100.00 just to stay hold of the house, and since Candy was so trustworthy and honest, he generously gave the money to George to send to the couple who owned the house. George excitedly said, "An' Candy'll send $100.00 to bind her." "Sure will!" said Candy. (61) This shows that Candy was a part of the deal for good, and that he would keep he mouth shut. When Candy promised not to tell a soul about the house, George knew he was trustworthy because Candy offered his will and everything he had. "Maybe if I give you guys my money, you'll let me hoe in the garden even after I ain't no good at it. An' I'll wash dishes an' little chicken stuff like that." ...read more.


Candy went on excitedly, "How much they want for a place like that?"(59) The new house was going to be a huge success and Candy was so anxious to get out of the bunkhouse. As time slowly passed, Candy looked back at his actions. Earlier in the novel, one of the other men shot Candy's old dog. Candy was disappointed in his decision and realized he should have shot his dog himself. "I ought to have shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't ought to have let no stranger shoot my dog." (61) Candy looks back at all of the good memories he had with his old dog. Soon, Candy comes to the conclusion that he did not make a good moral decision. Candy reflects on his poor decision and realizes what did wrong. Over all, Candy has a warm heart. He does his best to earn everyone's trust. With being his trustworthy self, he earns respect from all of the other characters. Candy is a very anxious, and reflective character in this novel. ...read more.

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