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Outline all the reasons why Carlson wants to shoot Candy's dog. (John Steinbeck's Of...
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Carlson wants to shoot Candy's dog beause he is old, ill, smelly, and a hinderance to have around to feed. These reasons justify the shooting because Carlson only wants to end Candy's dog misery.
Carlson said thoughtfully, “Well, looka here, Slim. I been thinkin’. That dog of Candy’s is so God damn old he can’t hardly walk. Stinks like hell, too. Ever’ time he comes into the bunk house I can smell him for two, three days. Why’n’t you get Candy to shoot his old dog and give him one of the pups to raise up? I can smell that dog a mile away. Got no teeth, damn near blind, can’t eat. Candy feeds him milk. He can’t chew nothing else.”
This is why Candy never wanted to kill his dog.
Well, I can’t stand him in here,” said Carlson. “That stink hangs around even after he’s gone.” He walked over with his heavy-legged stride and looked down at the dog. “Got no teeth,” he said. “He’s all stiff with rheumatism. He ain’t no good to you, Candy. An’ he ain’t no good to himself. Why’n’t you shoot him, Candy?”
The old man squirmed uncomfortably. “Well—hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup. I herded sheep with him.” He said proudly, “You wouldn’t think it to look at him now, but he was the best damn sheep dog I ever seen.”
Carlson tells Candy this when he was about to shoot the dog.
Carlson was not to be put off. “Look, Candy. This ol’ dog jus’ suffers hisself all the time. If you was to take him out and shoot him right in the back of the head—” he leaned over and pointed, “—right there, why he’d never know what hit him.”
Posted by amysor on September 24, 2013 at 8:47 PM (Answer #1)
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The following is an excerpt from eNotes study guide for Of Mice and Men:
"Candy comes in, followed by his ancient dog and Carlson, who has just lost at horseshoes. Carlson immediately starts to complain about the smell of the feeble old dog and tells Candy that he should shoot it and take one of the new pups in its place. Candy is reluctant, but Carlson offers to shoot the dog himself and, after some deliberation, Candy agrees that it must be done"
Carlson want to shoot the dog because he is so old he can no longer walk or perform basic actions such as eating in order to survive. Carlson has just lost a game of horse shoes and is irritable. His bad mood is exacerbated by the smell of the dog. He rationalizes his desire to shoot the animal by telling Candy that it no longer serves it purpose, and can be replaced by one of the younger dogs. This moment is sadly reminiscent of the way that individual's treated Lenny. Lenny was prized for his strength and ability to work, but like the dog unappreciated as a being beyond fulfilling this work purpose.
The entire study guide can be found at the link below.
Posted by aszerdi on September 24, 2013 at 8:54 PM (Answer #2)
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While Carlson is speaking to Slim (in chapter two of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men), he states the many reasons that Candy's dog needs to be put down.
First, Carlson states that the dog is so old that it cannot walk any longer. Second, he states that the dog "stinks like hell." Carlson goes on to elaborate on the dog's smell stating that he can tells the dog has been in the bunk house for days after because the bunk house stinks for two to three days. Third, the dog does not have any teeth. Fourth, the dog is almost blind. Fifth, the dog can no longer eat solid food; Candy gives the dog milk.
Later, in chapter three, Carlson gives two more reasons why the dog should be put down. First, the dog is "stiff with rheumatism." Second, Carlson says that the dog is no good for Candy. Lastly, he states that the dog is "no good to himself".
Posted by literaturenerd on September 25, 2013 at 12:37 AM (Answer #3)
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