In Of Mice and Men, is Candy lonely and is this worse after his dog is shot? Is Candy isolated? Find evidence in the text to support this.

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Candy is somewhat lonely because his dog was his best friend. Perhaps his main struggle, however, is his own battle with age. Candy feels as though he is becoming useless to the farm as he grows older. The death of his dog parallels this fear within Candy's mind. His dog was old; he was then killed. Candy's fear of becoming useless is exacerbated after his dog's death.

Candy's loneliness is aided somewhat by the small hope he holds that he might be able to take part in George and Lennie's farm with the addition of his savings.

A better example of loneliness in the novel is Crooks, though Candy also embodies this emotion to some extent.

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