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Candy

Candy is an old ranch worker who was disabled a few years back while working. He has a little bit of money and feels he can contribute towards paying for George and Lennie’s little ranch, as long as he can be a part of the dream. This is a very strange peculiar part of the novel as it gives an unexpected twist to the story line. Throughout the novel the dream is always associated with George and Lennie, like the times when George explains the dream to Lennie and how they always keep the dream alive by talking about it. Candy an old lonely, isolated man changes this and George and Lennie need to make an important decision – whether or not to allow Candy in on their dream.

“ ‘S’pose I went in with you guys. That’s three hundred and fifty bucks I’d put in… How’d that be? ”

Once again candy’s desperate attempt to be a part of the dream shows us the degree of loneliness that exists for him. Candy owns an old disabled dog, which is much like him in many ways. The dog is only used for labor and is not really needed around the ranch: very similar to the way the other men look upon Candy. In the end his dog was shot and I think this is also making the statement that candy’s life may be going in the same direction, even if this is contradicting the American dream. Candy worked hard all his live and all he had to show for it was nothing, not much when you consider how long he worked for.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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