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What are some similarities between Candy and his dog and George and Lennie in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men?

The relationship between Candy and his dog is extremely similar to that of George and Lennie. Candy's dog is a constant companion, as George and Lennie are for each other. Both the dog and Lennie are helpless and look to their counterpart for care and guidance. Candy and George are both attached to their companions, despite the difficulties involved in caring for them. The dog's death foreshadows the death of Lennie and George's need to carry it out personally.

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Candy is similar to his dog in multiple ways. Both are old and limited in their abilities. Candy lost his hand on the job years ago. Due to his old age and disability, he has outlived his usefulness as far as society and his employers are concerned. He is allowed to do small, non-laborious tasks on the ranch, but Candy knows that he is dispensable and he fears what will happen to him when he completely ceases to be of use to his employers. This is the reason he wants in on George and Lennie's plan to buy their own property. Between his age and limitations, Candy will not be able to find another job or place to live. He says,

You seen what they done to my dog tonight? They say he wasn't no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me. But they won't do nothing like that. I won't have no place to go, an' I can't get no more jobs.

Much like his owner, Candy's dog is old and disabled. He was a sheep herder when he was younger, but is now old, frail, missing...

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Some similarities between Candy and his dog are that they are both old and will probably be "kicked out" of the ranch as soon as they are not useful. Some similarities between George and Lennie are that they are male and human. There is not much similar between them: George is small and smart, while Lennie is huge and strong but has mental problems.