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Candy is used by Steinbeck in the novella of mice and men to portray the voice of the weak ­ but he
is also used by Steinbeck to get across more information to the reader about other characters.

Steinbeck clearly indicates the purpose of Candy through his first words, `the…

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fact that Steinbeck chose to describe his speech here as `soft' suggests that Candy has no voice - no
power, due to his weaknesses.

Throughout the novella we see many metaphors of the American dream as in section three Candy
states that he has a gut ache, `Them god damn…


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