In Of Mice and Men, what are some similarities between Candy and his dog and George and Lennie?
In Of Mice and Men, similarities between Candy and his dog and George and Lennie include dedication and responsibility.
Candy feels dedicated to his dog. Even though he is old, feeble, and smells, Candy keeps him around. After George comments on the age of Candy’s dog, Candy replies, “I had ‘im ever since he was a pup. God, he was a good sheepdog when he was younger.”
George demonstrates a similar dedication to Lennie. Even though Lennie makes George frustrated and irritated, George remains loyal. He tells Lennie, “When I think of the swell time I could have without you, I go nuts. I never get no peace.” Yet George doesn’t abandon Lennie. He sacrifices his potential good times out of loyalty for Lennie.
Another similarity is responsibility. Candy feels responsible for his dog’s well-being. When the other workers complain that the dog smells terrible and can barely walk, Candy lets someone else kill him. This decision weighs heavy on Candy's mind. After it happened, Candy admits, “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.”
By the end of the story, George faces a similar dilemma. Feeling responsible for Lennie’s well-being, George doesn’t make the same mistake as Candy. George shoots Lennie himself. He doesn't allow a “stranger”—or Curley—to do it.
In general, the respective relationships have a comparable power dynamic, with Candy assuming power over his dog and George exercising power over Lennie.