CANDY - OMAM

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Characteristics

Role

  • He has a very old dog, which he had from a pup. It is his only friend and companion which instantly displays his loneliness.
  • Vulnerable and weak.
  • Candy is so ineffectual and impotent that he has no power in fighting against the shooting of his dog.
  • Lonely and self-isolated.
  • He realises that he is useless and nugatory, he accepts it.
  • Oldest ranch hand
  • He is the 'swamper' who cleans the bunkhouse. Immediately this role lowers his significance and position in the hierarchy.

Development (Growth & change)

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  • Candy stays pretty useless throughout the book.
  • He becomes increasingly involved with Lennie and George's idea of getting some land together with rabbits and this fuels the continuation of his back-breaking, tiresome occupation. When Lennie dies, he is furious as this plan is over. This evidently suggests that this future arrangement meant a lot to him.
  • Lost his right hand due to an accident at work. This immediately makes him a weak and vulnerable character due to his restricted disability and he is a 'mouse' (referring to the title of mice and men).
  • "And at his heels there walked a drag-footed sheep dog, gray of muzzle, and with pale, blind old eyes." - it could be argued that the dog is an exact replica of him, its a metaphor of Candy's character.

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