What does the character candy represent in of mice and men?

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eg. themes like loniless, friendship, negativeness towards women?

Posted Thu 10th May, 2012 @ 18:30 by Demmm.

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Cabdy represents several things about america i the 1930s, ill briefly outline the ones I can think of:

- Lonliness : He is  representative, as all the other ranch workers are, of the lonliness of the migrant workers in the 1930s. The only 'friend' he had was his dog and event at got taken away. To futher show his lonliness he seemed really excited about sharing in george and lennies dream , showing he wants escape from the world hes living and simply wanting to live with george and lennie so he would be less lonely

- Disability - Candy is obviously disabled (his hand) which reveals alot about the attitudes to disabled people in the 1930s. He lost his hand in an accident in the ranch - steinbeck is trying to show how the safety standards were not very good back then. Although he was given $250 as compensation this is hardly enough and Candy knows, once he becomes completely incapable of any work he will be killed off, like his dog was. Steinbeck is trying to show that disabled people were not given the attention they needed in the 1930s

- Attitudes to women : Candy is a gossip and from the begenning of the novel , he expressed his negative opinions towards curleys wife. He calls her a 'tart' because she talks and looks at other men. Steinbeck is showing the double standards of the attitudes in the 1930s as Candy does not say anything about Curley and the other workers going to 'susys place' with the prostitutes yet talks badly about Curleys wife who simply TALKS to other men 

Theres some more points but they're upstairs sorry :p Hope i helped! were probably doing the same exam, 24th may?

Answered Fri 11th May, 2012 @ 12:24 by Lamise Hassan
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omg thank you so much! :D and yes we're sitting the same exam. Are you doing An Inspector Calls as well?

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 11:34 by Demmm.
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Hi okay ill try!!

George :

1)Difficult life of the Migrant workers

George and Lennie had to move from ranch to ranch to try and get enough money for their dream, the fact that they had a dream is representative of all migrant workers at that time who dreamt of a different life as a form of escapism from the life they were living - being badly treated at the ranches they worked on. 

I don't really have more for George the chance that he'll come up is narrow as it'd probably be about his friendship with Lennie rather than him alone 


1)Attitudes and treatment towards disabled people,

Lennie quite obviously has a mental disability yet this is her is more mocked for this than treated with care - he is often called a 'crazy *******' by even Lennie and a 'dum dum' by Curleys Wife - they are making fun of his situation. Also the fact that Curley 'picks' on him and beats him up again shows the lack of recognition towards disabled people ; lennie was not being deliberately insolent to him, he is UNABLE to act normally yet Curley did not take this into consideration

2) Laws protecting peoples lives

The fact that Curley would have got Lennie lynched before allowing him to be go trial and almost HUNTING him shows the lack of laws in regards to murder at that time - even though Lennie did kill Curleys wife Curley should NOT be allowed to lynch him which reveals flaws in the law of the 1930s 

Hope I helped , sorry if it wasnt what your looking for!!!

Answered Fri 18th May, 2012 @ 20:12 by Lamise Hassan
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:)) yeah i am actually! haha! theres some really good resources on them..check them out, im yet to write an inspector calls essay though :/

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 12:20 by Lamise Hassan
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Candy is an old man with a few disabilities that hold him back. First its his one arm. he can't do with one arm, everything he does is half-*** done, get it. Also his pride holds him back. His pride cost his dog its life.

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 14:02 by emily
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will dooo! You seem smart you'll ace an inspector calls :]

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 14:09 by Demmm.
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aww LOOL thanks :p and well i know like every line by heart cos we did the play in school and i wrote the script LOOL i was mr birling haha

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 14:10 by Lamise Hassan
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woaahh. I've forgotten like everything we haven't done it in school for ages

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 14:19 by Demmm.
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wow! thank you so much! it really helps! when's your exam? x

Answered Sun 13th May, 2012 @ 11:39 by Kaya
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Is this aimed to me :p lool if it is my exams next monday, the 21st!

Answered Sun 13th May, 2012 @ 18:12 by Lamise Hassan
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Is this aimed to me :p lool if it is my exams next monday, the 21st!

Answered Sun 13th May, 2012 @ 18:12 by Lamise Hassan
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also, in addition to those themes there's the theme of man's power over nature/ the strong control the weak, Candy's dog is a great example of this because it was weak, and was killed. Also Candy is weak, because he loved his dog more than anything, but was stillunable to oppose the authority of the other men because he was weak.

Answered Sun 13th May, 2012 @ 23:29 by Neon
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LAMISE HASSAN i need your help please!, what does george represent in america's 1930s society and what does lennie represent?

Answered Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 11:01 by gaby
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thank you so much!! honestly thank you!!

Answered Sat 19th May, 2012 @ 10:01 by gaby
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do you mind if you answer another question what does crooks represent about society? Thank you so much!!

Answered Sat 19th May, 2012 @ 10:40 by gaby
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Crooks is a macrocosm which represents the wider world (America at the time) and how racial discrimination was a vast problem.

General points to remember about Crooks:

  1. Lonely / Outsider
  2. Black / Racially Discriminated
  3. Denied Power
  4. 'cripple' - represents the emotional pain that his life brings him
  5. He takes advantage of Lennie and 'bullies' him because Lennie is the only person that Crooks can feel above in the hierarchy and he wants to know what it feels like to be the dominant figure
  6. He is attracted to Curley's wife
  7. When  he is confronted he immediatly loses all personality and he reduces himself to nothing
  8. Suddenly changes his mind about living the 'AMERICAN DREAM' with the others when Curley's wife confronts him
  9. Has absolutely no identity or status within the ranch even though he is probably the most knowledgable and does the most work
  10. Remains loyal and dopes his work always
  11. At the bottom of the ranch hierarchy alongside Lennie and Candy's dog

He is the figure in 'Of Mica and Men' that represents the racial tension in the American Society, Curley's wife represents the sexism against women, Lennie represents the discrimination against the disabled and Candy the discrimination against the aged

Hope this helps :)

Answered Sat 19th May, 2012 @ 10:57 by Thomas Helm
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Things to write about the general context of 'Of MIce and Men' :

  • The great depression
  • Wall Street Crash - 1929 - stock markets collapsed
  • Socio-economic decline
  • Desperate over-farming resulted in the 'DUST BOWL'
  • Therefore farming industry collapsed also
  • Migrant and itinerant farm hands travelled great distances to find work - often from Oklahoma to California - 'Men on the Move'
  • Mistreated ^
  • The american Dream
  • the land of hope and opportunity
  • Out in the country offered promise of living their own lives and having wealth at last
  • 1930's American writers planted the false 'American Dream' into the people's minds so they began to believe it was true and could reallly happen to them
  • Money and land are central to the dream
  • Exploitation of the good farm hands by the rich land owners
  • Low pay ^
  • Poor conditions ^
  • Discrimination ^
  • Lack of care and provision ^
  • The bosses have absolute power, control and authority
  • Hierarchy is EVERYWHERE!
  • Prejudice to the mentally (lennie) and physically (crooks and candy) handicapped
  • EG..... Candy ponly has one hand - this disability leads to insecurity - he feels so infirm that he may be unable to work and the boss will just ditch him for a younger and physically healthier (but less hard working and less reliable) worker
  • Illness is undermined (crooks)
  • Ageism
  • Sexism
  • racism
  • Microcosm - the farm is a microcosm (metaphorical representation) of the wider American society and the prejudices within it


Answered Sat 19th May, 2012 @ 11:09 by Thomas Helm
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Candy is a key charcter in of mice and men, he represents the themes such as handicaps(becasue of his arm) ageism ( becasue he has no real friends on the ranch) lonliness ( his only compaion is his dog) and sexism ( candy has strong feelings towards curleys wife as he often call her a ''tart'' and states ''shes got the eye'') candy is a very lonely character and jumps at the chance to own his own land with george and lennie and is excited to associate himmself with them.

sorry this is so brief, could go on forver but this hopefuly outlines the key issues **

Answered Sat 19th May, 2012 @ 12:06 by Meg Price
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Yep just to elaborate on some of the points Thomas made

What crooks represents:

- Attitudes to black people : This is the main message that Steinbeck has used Crooks for - to show how unfairly he , and other black people at that time even though slavery had been abolished in the 1930s. He is called '******' by nearly everyone which shows they do not even consider him highly enough for a name, an identity. Also the fact that Crooks is intelligent - "he had books" and also "a nice fella" as Candy calls him, highlights the unjust attitudes of people at that time - He was more intelligent yet treated so badly. The fact that he lived near the animals is also soemthing to point out as Steinbeck is showing that the people at the ranch saw him as little more than an animal himself, simply because of his skin colour

Attitudes to disabled people : Crooks has a 'crooked spine' yet is not treated specially for this nor given compensation like Candy , although his accident happened on the ranch too. Even if he is black,the ranch workers should see him as disabled and appreciate that, yet they do not - showing the attitudes of people at that time. 'smithy is described as 'chasing' crooks and beating him but being 'not allowed to use his feet' cos Crooks was disabled - this is nothing compared to how they SHOULD be treating him and shows how little they, and others in the 1930s cared for disabled people


Answered Sat 19th May, 2012 @ 12:42 by Lamise Hassan