Candy can't bring himself to kill his dog and lets Carlson do it instead. For a moment she stood over him as though waiting for him to move so that she could whip at him again; but Crooks sat perfectly still, his eyes averted, everything that might be hurt drawn in. Their thematic link makes his eagerness to join George and Lennie in their farm life natural and understandable. I think I knowed we'd never do her. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody.
Never did seem right to me. Candy is just a typical worker, but he has his own 'story to tell' in that he is getting older, is slightly disabled, but is still willing to work at what he can do, which is mainly as general ranch-hand, cleaning and swabbing out the bunk-house. Steinbeck presents Candy as a vulnerable character. S'pose they was a carnival or a circus come to town, or a ball game, or any damn thing. The owner of an old and feeble dog, Candy is himself crippled—he lost his hand in an accident on the ranch. For Candy it's a place where he will be needed and belongs.
The thing is, they're talkin', or they're settin' still not talkin'. An' whatta I got,' George went on furiously. Lesson Summary In chapter three, we learn about Lennie's past and how George used to play tricks on him, but stopped after he jumped in the Sacramento River and almost drowned. Jus' say, 'We'll go to her,' an' we would. I never get to talk to nobody. Quote: Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy. It's just bein' with another guy.
Analysis: Candy laments his fate. Quote: Whatever we ain't got, that's what you want… if I was alone I could live so easy. Lennie's Story As chapter three begins, we find George and Slim in the bunkhouse, discussing Lennie and the new puppy that Slim has given him. The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool. Quote: You seen what they done to my dog tonight? He ain't no good to you, Candy.
This passage highlights the need for companionship and the oppressive nature of Crooks' society. Candy and his dog act as foreshadowing for the end of the story. I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog. An old handyman who greets George and Lennie at the ranch. Seem like Curley ain't givin' nobody a chance.
George says he knew Lennie's aunt, and after she died, Lennie started following him wherever he went. He's only referred to as Candy's dog and described as old, crippled. And just as the other men cannot understand the bond that keeps an apparently hale and clever man like George yoked to the burdensome, infantile Lennie, so too the men cannot understand Candy's sentimental companionship with his now-decrepit and stinking dog. There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. In Of Mice and Men, the theme of loneliness is part of life, as Steinbeck shows through most of the characters in the novel.
I could go get a job an' work, an no trouble. Foreshadowing is a literary device that uses clues in the text to subtly let the reader know what's going to happen. They ain't got nothing to look ahead to. In this environment, in which human life is utterly disposable, only Slim recognizes that the loss of such a beautiful and powerful friendship should be mourned. Although true, these things that George extols as the good life are not as valuable as his friendship with Lennie; otherwise, he would have left him long ago.
Quote: We got a future. Candy is the man who describes the t … heme of ageism and loneliness. There won't be a damn thing left to eat. The shade climbed up the hills toward the top. I read plenty of books out here. With us it ain't like that.