Describe Candy's behavior when Carlson takes Candy's dog outside.   Describe the mood (feelings of those in the bunkhouse as well as Carlson) and the atmosphere in the bunk house.

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Susan Woodward eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Carlson is going to put Candy's dog out of its misery because it is old, ill, and cannot barely eat.  Candy knows that it is the right thing to do, but he cannot bring himself to be the one to pull the trigger.  He has raised the dog since it was a pup, and he could not bear the pain it would bring him even though the dog would feel no pain.  The bunkhouse is silent as the men watch Candy curl up on his cot with his back to the rest of them, trying to shut out the world.  The awful tension is broken with the shot from the lugar, and Candy breaks in to tears.  While the men sympathize with Candy, they can hardly empathize because many of them never had anything in their lives for a long period of time.  Slim, who seems to be the most sympathetic, offers Candy a newborn puppy, thinking that one dog is as good a substitute for the next.  Candy regrets allowing Carlson to do the deed becasue he knows that it was his responsibility to put the dog down out of love and mercy. 

amysor | Student

Candy was very upset when Carlson went outside. Carlson, went to go kill Candy's old dog. The dog was Candys only companion, so he was really heart broken when they put the dog down. Candy was very sad apart his companions death. The atmosphere in the bunk house was very sympathtic. Everyone felt sorry for Candy. It was quite silent and remorseful. Later in this scene, a major turning point occurs where Candy wants to go with George and Lennie to their dream ranch, and will offer all his money to help them.