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In Of Mice and Men, whom does Candy blame for the murder? Why is he so angry at what...

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In Of Mice and Men, whom does Candy blame for the murder? Why is he so angry at what has happened?


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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 12, 2009 at 2:47 AM (Answer #1)

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When Candy finds the body of Curley's wife, he goes immediately to find George and bring him back to the barn. When Candy realizes that Lennie is responsible for the woman's death, he does not blame Lennie. He only shows concern for him, warning George as to how Curley will react. When George leaves the barn, Candy's anger is directed at the dead woman. He blames her for what has happened:

He looked helplessly back at Curley's wife, and gradually his sorrow and his anger grew into words. "You God damn tramp," he said viciously. "You done it, di'n't you? I s'pose you're glad. Ever'body knowed you'd mess things up. You wasn't no good. You ain't no good now, you lousy tart."

Candy is filled with anger because with the woman's death, all dreams of the farm have died, also. At first, he hopes that he and George can "get that little place," but it quickly becomes clear to him that it will never happen. He is filled with grief for what has been lost:

I could of hoed in the garden and washed dishes for them guys . . . . An' they'd of been a pig and chickens . . . an' in the winter . . . the little fat stove . . . an' the rain comin' . . . an' us jus' settin' there.

When Candy leaves the barn, his eyes are "blinded with tears."

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