Candy - Character Revision

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  • Candy
    • He has an old dog.
      • Candy and his dog are parallel to George and Lennie's relationship.
      • Candy's dog is old and useless, like Candy.
        • Carlson: "I don't know nothing that stinks as bad as that dog. You gotta get him out."
      • Candy has a companion: his dog.
        • "I've been round him so much, I never notice how he stinks."
      • "I had him since he was a pup."
      • Carlson shoots Candy's dog.
        • Candy deeply regrets not shooting his own dog.
          • This foreshadows George killing Lennie later.
          • "I ought to have shot that dog myself George. I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog."
        • Carlson shot the dog because of its condition.
          • "That dog stinks."
        • Candy believes this how his fate will come: he will be shot for being useless.
          • "When they can me here, I wisht somebody'd shoot me."
    • He is old.
      • Candy is described to be a very old man, just like his dog.
      • "a tall, stoop-shouldered old man came in."
      • He contrasts with the other workers on the ranch.
      • Allows Steinbeck to discuss discrimination towards the aged and disabled.
    • He is a gossip.
      • As soon as George and Lennie arrived on the ranch, Candy educated them about the past and current affairs on the ranch.
        • "He's a pretty nice fella. Gets pretty mad sometimes, but pretty nice."
      • Tries to develop a relationship with George and Lennie straight away.
        • Talks about Whitey and his being-clean obsession.
      • Has a lot he wants to talk about but the other ranchmen are busy with each other.
    • He is handicapped with one hand.
      • "Out of the sleeve came a round stick-like wrist, but no hand."
      • Candy is a victim of the cruel life of work.
      • Candy finds himself restricted from being able to go out with the other men.
      • "I ain't much good with on'y one hand."
    • Wants to be part of the 'dream ranch'.
      • Kind of selfish of Candy as he wants to secure his future.
      • He'd love to live on the ranch so offers money.
        • "S'pose I went in with you guys. Tha's three hundred an' fifty bucks I'd put in."
      • He'd be able to work with his friends now his dog is dead.
        • "an' I'll be let to work on our own place."
      • He is desperate to get the ranch.
        • "You an' me can still get that little place, can't we George?"
      • "Everybody wants a little bit of land, not much."
    • He dislikes Curley's wife.
      • Believes that Curley's wife is not pleasant.
        • "I think Curley's married...a tart."
      • Candy is angered at Curley's Wife when she mocks them about their dream.
        • "I had enough. You ain't wanted here."
      • Believes Curley's wife is also a tart.
        • "Curley's wife can move quiet. I guess she had a lot of practice."
      • Candy is furious when he finds Curley's wife dead.
        • "He looked helplessly at Curley's wife and gradually his sorrow and anger grew into words."
          • Selfish as Candy is only mad that his dream has been broken.
        • "You god damn tramp. You done it, di'n't you? Everybody knowed you'd mess things up you lousy tart."
          • Curley's wife had caused her own death and ended the chance of the dream ranch coming true.
    • He is a swamper.
      • Candy is responsible for cleaning the bunkhouse.
      • This is one of the most least respected jobs on the ranch.
      • "The old swamper."
    • He has no one.
      • His only friend was the dog that was killed.
      • "I ain't got no relatives nor nothing."


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