In chapter 3 of Of Mice and Men, there are some similarities between Candy and his dog and George and Lennie. Explain the similarities. Use quotes from the book to support your answer.

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Both Candy and George and Lennie have been together for a long time, but in this scene with his dog, Candy realises that he should have killed it himself. As the story progresses we can see the parallels between this and Lennie's death at the end of the novel. This is an extremely insightful question, using quotes from the book to back up why these similarities exist. It also manages to compare Lennie and Candy's dog with George and Lennie which is great as well.

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This scene in Chapter 3 is a crucial incident of foreshadowing that makes George's act at the end of the novel all the poignant. The crucial difference between this scene and the end of the novel is that Candy does not kill the dog himself. Later on though he realises that he should have done it, which we can see impacts George greatly and is one of the reasons why he chooses to kill Lennie at the end.

Both Candy and the dog and George and Lennie have been together for a long time. Candy says he had "had him from a pup" and it is clear that Candy feels great attachment to his dog. Slim says "That dog ain't no good to himself. I wisht somebody'd shoot me if I got old an' a cripple" showing that the dog is not able to function in life now. In a similar way, Lennie, through his disability, is not able to function and fit in to life - we have already seen that through his attempt to pet a girl before. It is clear as well that the dog is completely dependent on Candy - just as Lennie is completely dependent on George.

The differences are that Candy's pup used to be the best sheepherder in town, whilst Lennie has always had his disability.

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