Describe the similarities and differences between George and Candy in "Of Mice and Men." 

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Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The similarities between George and Candy lie in the fact that both men believe in the American Dream; both believe that with just the right twist of the "system," the pot of gold, which always seems just barely out of reach, can be theirs.  Although their hard lives have never proven otherwise, George and Candy  hope that one day they will be able to "live off the fatta the lan'." 

George and Candy, however, are disparte in two important ways.  First, George has Lennie, and Lennie, George.  An integral part of the narrative are these lines: 

"We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us.  We don't have to sit in no bar room blowin' in our jack because we got no place else to go.  If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn.  But not us." 

Lennie broke in.  "But not us!  An' why?  Becuase...because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why."

Poor Candy has never had anyone in the world to care for him the way George and Lennie have had each other.

The scene in which Candy allows his dog to be shot is also indicative in the differences between George and Candy.  Candy confesses, "I ought to of shot that dog myself, George.  I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog."  When the time comes for George to make a decision about cruelty or mercy for Lennie, he has the strength to make the compassionate decision.