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Of Mice and Men. How do we learn about the mens characters through the shooting of Candys dog?

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How do we learn about the men?s characters through the shooting of Candy?s dog? In Section three of ?Of Mice and Men? we come to a significant part of the story where Carlson shoots Candy?s dog. From previous sections in the book, Steinbeck has made it evident that Candy?s dog is important to Candy. When we are first introduced to Candy and his dog, Steinbeck repeatedly describes both characters as ?old?, showing how alike both are. ?Old Candy, the swamper, came in and went to his bunk, and behind him struggled his old dog.? In this sentence, the adjective used to describe both characters is ?old?. This suggests the similarity between them, showing that they are both reaching nearer to the end of their life. While Slim, George, Candy and his dog are in the bunk house, Carlson comes in and talks to Slim. ...read more.


Candy words make it evident that he is not ready to lose his only company. Candy purposefully tries to delay Carlson when he says, ?You ain?t got no gun.? He is hopeful that Carlson doesn?t have the necessary items to kill Candy?s dog with. When the men hear the shot that marks the death of Candy?s dog, Candy?s reaction towards the death of his dog illustrates his emotions. ?For a moment he continued to stare at the ceiling. Then he rolled slowly over and faced the wall and lay silent.? This action symbolises an act of rejecting the outside world. Candy?s dog was his only way of staying happy. But now that his dog has been shot, he has nothing else in the world that is worth living for. During this conversation between Carlson and Candy, George interrupts. ...read more.


He asks Slim, ?I bet Slim would give you one of his pups to raise up, wouldn?t you, Slim?? From previous descriptions in the book, the audience is aware that Slim is an influential character in the novel. Steinbeck makes a direct judgement about him unlike he does with the other characters in the book. Steinbeck describes him as ?Majestic? and ?Prince of the ranch?. Nearing the death of Candy?s dog, Steinbeck once again shows us the importance of Slim?s character at the ranch when Carlson asks for Slim?s opinion on the matter. When Slim agrees with Carlson that Candy?s dog should be shot Candy look?s helplessly at Slim: ?Candy looked helplessly at him, for Slim?s opinions were law.? Steinbeck yet again directly informs the reader that Slim?s opinions are not taken lightly but seriously by the men on the ranch. It is clear that the men on the ranch constantly have respect for Slim and they do as Slim says. ...read more.

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