In John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, describe the relationship between George and Candy.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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To a great extent, I think that the relationship between Candy and George is predicated upon the idea that both recognize the dream of owning their own farm and possessing the autonomy to control their own destinies.  Candy recognizes that he is no longer of use on the farm where he is.  He sees this in the shooting of his own dog, a moment in which no one spoke for him and his need to keep the dog.  He saw in that moment the "silence" to which Steinbeck alludes so much is the absence of voice for Candy.  When George's idea of the farm, combined with Lennie's zeal, appears itself to Candy, he recognizes an opportunity to receive the validation that he no longer receives.  For Candy, the relationship he shares with George is that both understand the need to control their own destiny, to no longer be a worker, but actually be one's own "boss."  This carries powerful connotations for both of them.  Candy can relate to George more on this level because this experience is not something that is as present for Lennie, who is more concerned with the immediate satisfaction of tending the rabbits.  Yet, for Candy and George the dream of being able to make enough money to set up a farm where they are in more direct control of their own destinies is of vital importance to both men.  It is a vision of what can be as opposed to what is, and this is something that animates both men to believe.  Their relationship is thus one that is believer in the power of hope and a transformative vision of what can be as opposed to what is.

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