Explain the significance of Candy's quote in relation to the theme of dreams:  "S'pose I went in with you guys- that's three hundred an' fifty bucks I'd put in."

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

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Candy's quote is significant because it shows the seductive nature of dreams and the ability for people to embrace them as an alternative of what is in the opes of what can be.  Already dismayed by his own state of being and more recently by the death of his only companion, his dog, Candy's hope is reflected in the idea that he can "go in" with George and Lennie in their dream.  It is not relevant to Candy that the statistics and conditions are stacked heavily against this from happening.  It does not matter than his own pattern of being weighs heavily against this dream from materializing.  It does not matter that he barely knows both George and Lennie.  The only relevance that is expressed in the quote in the idea of a dream, and the potential to embrace what can be as opposed to what is.  It is for this reason that Candy is willing to surrender what amounts to his life savings in the hope of what can be.  In this, Candy demonstrates the capacity to dream as one that can transcend the pain and difficulty of the present.  The embrace of the dream is one in which individuals are able to reach out beyond the temporal, the contingent present, and hold a way of life that is so vastly better than the life that one leads.  Candy's quote speaks to this, the ability to dream as one that transcends all that is there.  Candy's literal and figurative condition of a broken human being is something that can be repaired through his dream, proving the capcity to dream as something that Steinbeck constructs as both the source of human strength and the fundamental basis for human weakness.  


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