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In Of Mice and Men, is Candy lonely and is this worse after his dog is shot?Is candy...

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adolphina | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted March 8, 2011 at 4:49 AM via web

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In Of Mice and Men, is Candy lonely and is this worse after his dog is shot?

Is candy isolated? find evidence in the text to support this.

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howesk | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted March 10, 2011 at 3:50 AM (Answer #1)

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Candy is somewhat lonely because his dog was his best friend. Perhaps his main struggle, however, is his own battle with age. Candy feels as though he is becoming useless to the farm as he grows older. The death of his dog parallels this fear within Candy's mind. His dog was old; he was then killed. Candy's fear of becoming useless is exacerbated after his dog's death.

Candy's loneliness is aided somewhat by the small hope he holds that he might be able to take part in George and Lennie's farm with the addition of his savings.

A better example of loneliness in the novel is Crooks, though Candy also embodies this emotion to some extent.

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corandan | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted May 5, 2011 at 2:38 AM (Answer #2)

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candy is lonley becuse his best friend was just hauld away and shot in the back of the head and he has had that dog for a long time. how would you feel if your best friend was just shot in the back of the head?

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