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What Did Steinbeck Use Candy's Dog as a Symbol of

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What Did Steinbeck Use Candy's Dog as a Symbol of? Throughout the novel "of Mice and Men" we come across certain parts in the book that gives us, the reader an insight into the ending of the story. We come across the death of Candy's dog that marks a major omen in the story. There are also some quotes that are like parallels to the end of the story, although the reader can interpret them as bad omens, the characters have no idea. In one chapter Carlson says to Candy, in regards to the dog, "...Got no teeth, he's all stiff with rheumatism. He ain't no good to you, Candy. An' he ain't no good to himself. Why'n't you shoot him, Candy?" ...read more.


He also makes use of the same gun at Lennie's end; the only difference is that George is the one holding the gun. I also think the implication of the omens in of mice and men are that the death of Candy's dog is a direct parallel, by this I mean that it almost describes in detail what happens to Lennie at the end. For example, the dog is shot in the back of the head; Lennie too is shot in the back of the head. I found out from reading "of mice and men" that some of the primary characters lose a loved one or someone they care about, e.g. ...read more.


But I must stress that I feel that the choice be left for that person to make. However, if they cannot make this choice, for example due to mental ill-health, someone really close to the person who really has that person's interest at heart can make the decision. In conclusion, I think the author has used these omens or metaphors as methods of creating curiosity amongst the readers. I found that after reading the story of "of mice and men" it was blatantly obvious that the dog was an omen for Lennie's end and George's sad days to follow. This was only because after reading the book I had the benefit of hindsight and this gave me a sharper idea and understanding of what the omen was implicating. ...read more.

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