Of Mice and Men - Literature Exam Candy notes

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  • Candy
    • Lack of power
      • Working on a ranch for somebody else
      • Low status in society - poorly paid ranch worker
      • No place of his own, relying on bunkhouse
      • Low down in the social hierarchy  - old "swamper" (cleans bunkhouse)
        • "The old man came slowly into the room. He had a broom in his hand"
      • Overpowered by Slim during dog shooting - powerless to save dog
      • Physical infirmity
        • Loss of hand, impaired physically
          • Suggests danger of ranch life
        • Dog and Candy belong together - both powerless, aged and physically disabled figures
        • Old age
          • Inadequate provision for old people in 1930's American society
            • 1930's America was no place for sentimentality
              • "canned", "be put on the county" when too old
                • Inadequate provision for old people in 1930's American society
                  • 1930's America was no place for sentimentality
                    • "canned", "be put on the county" when too old
            • Lack of an easy life for older people in those days - Candy is old but he is still doing manual work "swamper"
            • "I ain't got the poop anymore"
      • Dreams
        • No dreams of his own until G & L plan
          • Desperate to live out dream before he dies - trusts fortunes with stranger (G&L)
        • "When they can me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me"
      • Loneliness
        • No family members
        • No friends on ranch, only knows a lot about other people
        • "I ain't got no relatives or nothin'"
        • Loses only companion in life - dog
          • "Had him since he was a pup"
      • Historical context: The Great Depression, 1930's America. Social context: working man's ranch
        • Characters used as vehicles by authors to represent themes/ideas
      • This character represents the bleak future of ranch workers, lack of provision for welfare and the loneliness on the ranch.

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